Hi, I’m Lucia and I’m 13 years old. I was only 9 years old when my scoliosis was discovered. At first it was only a mild curve, but after a couple of years the curve seemed to be progressing along with my growth. When I was 11 years old, my spinal specialist recommended I start wearing a TLSO back brace for at least 20 hours a day. I felt shocked and anxious about needing to wear a brace and I didn’t want anyone other than my close family members to know. It was a frightening experience to say the least. I was so fortunate to have support around me which included the wonderful members of the Curvy Girls Sydney group which I joined.

My scoliosis journey has been tough, but it has taught me resilience, patience, and to look for the positive in what can seem completely negative. I enjoy playing water polo and swimming. I find that water sports help to strengthen my back. My favourite subject at school is English because I love that there are no limitations as to where your writing can take you! I enjoy finding an addictive book series and reading them for hours…. My scoliosis never holds me back from anything and has made me a stronger person. Don’t let scoliosis stop you from doing anything you love!

I want to support girls, like me, who at first, felt alone, scared and didn’t know much about scoliosis. Through sharing our stories and struggles, we become stronger together!