Hello! My name is Haley. Currently, I am a sophomore in high school. I was born in Austin, Texas and about five years later my family moved to Philadelphia. A few cool things about me is that I love to sing and I have a french bulldog named Pepper. People would describe me to be very adventurous and spontaneous. I have a diverse family who lives all around the world. Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to travel to places like China and South Korea!
In the summer before my 7th grade year, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. When I was is in 7th grade, I didn't know what scoliosis was and I did not know anyone who was dealing with it. That year resulted in a lot of tough experiences. The summer before starting 7th grade I got a brace. The brace was irritating, itchy and uncomfortable. When I started school that year I was extremely embarrassed. Before this, I never experienced the feeling of being alone and misunderstood. Kids would ask me what was on my back all the time and would laugh at me. One time a teacher said in front of my whole class “what’s that on your back?” and I had to tell her. My whole class asked me thousand of questions after that. That was the day my life changed. After hearing the story, my mom was really concerned and searched everywhere to find a support group. She found a group named Curvy Girls that had a chapter in Philadelphia. The first time I ever went to the Curvy Girls meeting I felt something powerful; I wasn’t alone anymore. During that year I went once a month and learned so much. Three years later I am a changed person (for the better). I am so excited to be a new leader for the Philly chapter as Bridget prepares to leave for college.
Sofia 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.
Hi, my name is Bridget and I’m proud to be the Philadelphia CG Leader! My scoliosis was discovered at my 8 year old checkup and I had X-rays every 6 months to monitor the curves. At the beginning of 7th grade, my curves grew substantially and I was put into a back brace for 20 hours a day. I became very worried and self-conscious about my brace and no one I knew understood. I found out about Curvy Girls and realized that I was certainly not alone in this. I wanted the chance to help other girls feel not so alone, so I became the Philly leader.
During my freshman year, my 3 curves continued to grow to the point of needing surgery. I was so confused and disappointed that my brace didn’t work to my expectations. Again, Curvy Girls helped me to realize that I did all I could have done and everything will turn out alright. I had my spinal fusion in April of 2016 and I’m so grateful for the results.
Being a Curvy Girls leader has allowed me to use my experiences to help other girls. Because of the self-consciousness I experienced with my brace and clothing, I’ve organized a fashion show called “Embracing the Curve” to increase self-esteem of girls with scoliosis and to spread awareness! Looking back, I feel grateful for my scoliosis because it has had a significant impact on me. I have met so many wonderful girls through my group and knowing that I can help them has made all the harder experiences worth it.
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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.