Two years ago was when my pediatrician told me to go back to the orthopedist, and after they took an x-ray they found that I had about a 30° curve on my upper back. They decided to give me a Boston Brace, and explained that it would be the best fit for me. When I looked at my brace for the first time I was confused. I had never seen anything like it, and I expected it to be a comfortable thing made of plastic. I never knew any other kid my age with Scoliosis, so I had no idea what to expect. The doctors had me start wearing the brace in October of my seventh grade. They told me that I would have to wear it for 20 hours a day.
In the end, I’m glad I wore it because it has made me stronger and more resilient. At first I knew no one with a brace, but later I found Curvy Girls. This organization is near and dear to my heart. I love going to the meetings, because I get to show others that they will get through it. All of the girls who have had surgery or who have been in their braces are an inspiration to me. I look at how strong they are, and I look up to the strength and determination they show. It is great to see girls who are my age who are going through the same thing I went through. They were there for me whenever I needed them, and I will always be there for them.
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I'm Krissy and I'm 12 and in 7th grade. I'm in Student Council and play the trumpet in my school's select jazz band. After school I swim with my school's competitive swim team.
I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 8. I wore a Boston brace until I hit a growth spurt and my curve progressed rapidly. I had spinal fusion surgery in December of 2013; I was in 5th grade.
I wanted to be a Curvy Girls leader because I attended the MD group for a few years and I can't imagine getting through this journey without them. I wanted the Curvy Girls in Hershey to have someone too.
My name is Karen and I am 12 years old. I enjoy doing stage crew for musicals at my school and gymnastics. I also love cooking and baking, and reading books such as Hunger Games and Harry Potter. I like to watch Marvel movies with my older brothers.
I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 9. Three years later, right before I was about to start 6th grade and middle school, I found out that my curves had increased to 24, 32, and 20 degrees and I needed a brace. I also had to start Schroth physical therapy. I decided to join Curvy Girls because the only people I knew with scoliosis were my parents. When I got my brace, no one even realized it was there. After a year, I out grew my brace, so I got a new one. When I was getting my new brace, I found out that I actually had four curves, which I didn’t know was possible. I am excited to get to know other Curvy Girls and help encourage them through their scoliosis journey.
Hello, I’m Sydney and I am the Scranton Curvy Girl Leader! I am 14 years old and have been dancing since I was 3. I have been taking many classes such as ballet, tap, jazz, and modern.
My scoliosis journey began when I was 11 years old. I was diagnosed with a moderate double curve and I was put into a night time brace. As time progressed, so did my curves. My scoliosis grew from moderate to severe. I discontinued wearing my brace when the doctors told me I needed surgery. During the summer of 2017, I had my spinal fusion surgery to correct my severe scoliosis. After my surgery, I had a long recovery ahead of me and knew I would miss my dancing. Then, my doctor told me I could get back into it by taking it easy and having a few restrictions at the end of the summer. After I heard that, I was thrilled! Even though I wouldn’t be dancing as much as I used to, I would still get to dance during the long recovery.
I became a Curvy Girls Leader because I want to help other young girls that are dealing with the same emotions and experiences that I had to deal with. I feel that girls would benefit from my journey.