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.
Krissy 2015-21 Hershey
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.