Hi, my name is Anna and I am 14 years old. My scoliosis was found in 2010 when I was 6 during an x-ray because it hurt to breathe. My mom took me to see an orthopedist, Dr. Goodwin, who said my curves were small and I didn't need bracing yet. One year later, my curve went from 19 degrees to 23 degrees, so we decided to start bracing in hopes that my curve wouldn't get much worse. I wore a Providence Brace, which was only worn at night while I slept. In February of 2016, I switched to a Rigo Cheneau brace made by Luke Stikeleather in Virginia. I decided to go to this brace because my curve had increased from 29 to 36 in about 8 months during growth AND I had met Luke and learned about this this brace at the 2014 Convention. I also do Schroth physical therapy to help me.
I started the Cleveland group in 2013 and I love Curvy Girls and our group. We meet once a month to support each other and do fun things too. I have been fortunate to be able to attend the CG Conventions in 2014 and 2016 where I learned a lot about leadership and made some great friends!
My mom and I have done some presentations to PTA groups and our school board about the importance of screening for scoliosis. I have also been to one of my CG members schools to educate about scoliosis. Our group has held 2 walkathons as well to bring awareness and fundraise for Convention. Each year since 2014, I write to the Governor to Proclaim June National Scoliosis Awareness Month. In 2017, I wrote to our Mayor, and he made a resolution for the city to do the same!
Meet Maggie & Katelyn
Kiki & Alyse 2013-14
Hi, I am Maggie and I am the co-leader of the Columbus, Ohio chapter! I am 16 years old and have been part of Curvy Girls since the summer of 2018. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 12 but wasn’t put in a brace until about a year later. I wore my brace for 2 years when I was told I was allowed to switch to a night-time only brace, and now I am out of my brace permanently. Something that really helped me during this process is that my sister also was going through her scoliosis journey, so I could always talk to her if I had questions or needed help.
In my free time I love to hang out with my friends, do puzzles and make friendship bracelets.
I know from experience how helpful it is to ask questions to someone who is going through the same thing as you are. I want to help as many girls as I possibly can during my time as co-leader because even a small piece of advice can make such a huge difference. I want everyone to feel welcome, and I never want anyone to feel like they are going through their journey alone.
We found out that my cousin was diagnosed with scoliosis so my mom checked my brothers and I when she noticed my back had a curve to it. I was eight when I went to the doctor and they told me I had scoliosis. When I was ten my curve got worse so I had to get fitted to wear my first back brace. I finally grew a little as did my curve, so I just got my second brace in May.
I enjoy cheerleading and volleyball. In my spare time, I help out around the house with chores. We live in the country. I like doing flips on my trampoline, swimming or going on the zipline over our pond.
I think that it is important for new kids to know that they are not alone. These meetings are very helpful and fun to be part of. I want to know that I am helping somebody to know they are not alone. Having scoliosis is very hard because you might be the only one at your school with it.