Michigan

Ann Arbor

Ellie

Hello! My name is Ellie. I am 14 years old. Some of the things I like to do are painting, playing ukulele and piano. I participate in track, which consists of many events but my favorite is pole vaulting. I also play clarinet in my high school’s band. In school, I like to participate in leading opportunities, and help out in my community.


I was diagnosed with scoliosis in April of 2015, so I was in the 5th grade. I got a Boston brace and I had it for over two years.  I wore my brace like I was supposed to, though, my curve increased. In August of 2017 we had to start thinking about fusion surgery because my curve was increasing to 45 degrees. My mom and I decided it might be a good idea to look for other options before we decided on surgery. We ended up finding a doctor close by that made Rigo Cheneau braces. I also tried Schroth Therapy. Those two things helped my curve slow slightly for a few months. We also researched many options and my therapist told me about Vertebral Body Tethering surgery (VBT).


After a few appointments, many months of researching both surgeries and going to many doctors, my curve increased to 50 degrees. We then decided that VBT was the right surgery for me. On April 30th, 2018 I had VBT surgery. It ended up going very well and the results were good. My curve decreased more than 20 degrees. As of summer 2018, I am recovering well and almost finished with bracing. 


I am excited to become a Curvy Girls Leader, so I can help many girls feel more comfortable about their struggles having scoliosis.