Hi, my name is Lauren. I am in 13 years old and in grade 8. I live in a small town in Ontario. I enjoy horseback riding, reading and listening to music. I found out I had scoliosis last year when my mom saw that the back of my shirt was catching on a lump on my back. I got an x-ray and the doctor sent us to a hospital 2 hours away where I was diagnosed with AIS-Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. My curves were about 60 degrees thoracic and 55 lumbar. I had spinal fusion surgery on October 19, 2016. I was a little scared as it got closer even though I trusted the doctors and nurses. I went back to school in January. I will hopefully be able to go back to horseback riding soon.
I hope that as a Leader I can help girls going into surgery not be so scared about it and just give advice and answer questions like the girls and Leaders helped me.