Hi! I’m Louise from Shanghai, China. I’m now studying as a G10 student. I love swimming, playing the piano, and travelling to different places.
I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was in about 11 years old. Although it wasn’t severe at that time, just about 12 degrees, I felt terrible about it. I was afraid that I would be teased by other kids at school. So I kept doing the exercise my doctor taught me and going to the hospital to get some treatment once a week. Luckily, I kept my curve from progressing.
As I got scoliosis, I tried to learn about it. Surprisingly, I found that actually quite a lot of teenagers have this condition. There were actually another two girls in my class who wore scoliosis braces. They had the same feelings as me when I was first diagnosed-- anxious, helpless and feared others won’t like them anymore just because of their bodies. In order to help them, I told them about my own experiences and we did exercises together. As time went by, they finally got out of the shadow of scoliosis and they could face the reality of their imperfect bodies.
From then on, I am really hoping to help other scoliosis girls feel better about themselves. One day, as I was surfing on the internet, I found your group Curvy Girls, which exactly fits into my imagination that there can be a place for scoliosis girls to share their stories and encourage each other to fight against scoliosis together.
Scoliosis doesn’t stop me from doing the things I love. Actually, it brings us together. So don’t feel anxious about your body, we are going to support you! More together than alone!