Nova Scotia Canada
HI, my name is Jessica. I was diagnosed with scoliosis a month before my 11th birthday. My curve was 72° and only 4 months later, it had grown to 77°. The wait for surgery in Canada is usually about 2 years but I was put on a rush list. I was operated on 13 months after my diagnosis. As a result of growth spurts, my curve reached 93° right before surgery. I had an anterior and posterior surgery, which involved removing discs and fusing part of my spine. The best news is-- I gained over 2 inches after surgery!!! My recovery has gone really well and I’m ahead of the curve in progress.
I joined Curvy Girls two months post-op to support other girls so they know they aren't alone. I have been raising local awareness with the help of my family and found that not many people know much about scoliosis. I hope to help change that.The missing piece for me through my whole scoliosis experience was not having other girls to talk to who are living with scoliosis. I'm so happy to be a part of changing that for others in my area.
I am working toward getting back to some of my favorite things - horseback riding and running club. I love drawing, writing stories, reading, science, fossils, exploring, being outside and animals. I am planning to become a doctor and specialize in scoliosis treatment so I can help fight this disease.
with sister Paige
Paige knows what it's like...
to watch your sister deal with scoliosis
and feel like there's nothing you can do.
But there is...and she wants to help too!
Paige is a supportive sister who also knows what it's like to be diagnosed with scoliosis.
My name is Paige and my sister and I have Idiopathic Scoliosis. I am 10 years old and my best friend is my sister Jess. I was very scared when I found out she had Scoliosis. I didn't even know what it was at first. Then when I found out, it made me very nervous. My sister had surgery and it was very hard for me to be brave. Everyone kept telling me everything would be ok, but I just wanted to see her myself. My sister is doing very well now and some days I forget she has scoliosis.
I would really like to be able to help other kids like me that have a sister with Scoliosis. I was lucky and my family realized how hard it was on me and they got me someone to talk to, as well, and they were there for me as much as they were my sister.
Halifax & Dartmouth Nova Scotia
Hi, my name is Madison. I am 13 years old, going into grade 8. I love school; math is my favorite subject. For hobbies I enjoy drawing, playing volleyball and golf. I love dogs; our family has a 3-year- old golden retriever.
It was first noticed in the summer of 2018. My right shoulder blade was slightly higher than my left. In November, a few months before turning 13, I had my first x-ray confirming I had a ‘C’-shaped scoliosis. In February, it was determined I had 60° thoracic and 20° lumbar ‘S’-shaped scoliosis. In June, the latest EOS image determined the lumbar curve was minimized to 15°, whereas my 60° curve remained the same. The MRI in March confirmed there was no further damage noted to the spinal cord. In December, it will be determined when my surgery will be in 2020.
I really like being helpful when I see friends struggling. I try my best to be a good listener and share words of encouragement. Since being diagnosed, I want to reach out to others struggling with scoliosis and support their journey to let them know they aren’t alone.