Illinois

Central IL

Anya

My name is Anya and I am currently in 9th grade. I was diagnosed in 2017 when I was 12 years old. I saw many doctors before I was put into a Boston Brace, which I wore for 18+ hours every day. This was very hard for me to adjust to and I was very quiet about it. Then at the end of 2017, at my 6 month appointment, I got the devastating news that my biggest curve had gone from 35 to 46 in a short amount of time, and I would likely need surgery. The next few months was probably one of the hardest times for me. I was drowning in worry and anxiety, and the fact that I felt as though I had to hide it from everyone certainly didn’t help. I was a 13 year old girl seeing tons of doctors, deciding between surgery dates and procedures and making decisions that no one should be thinking about in middle school. I had a spinal fusion surgery from about T1 to T12 on May 30, 2018. Recovery was tough but I eventually got through it. Now I am doing much better and I have learned to embrace my scoliosis and I love to tell people about it.

Besides spending time on the CG Forum, I like to read books and listen to podcasts. Some of my favorites are The Moth and Reply all. My favorite subject is math. A fun fact about me is that I lived in Colorado until I was about 5 years old and moved to Illinois.

I want to lead a group because I want to help other girls like I have been helped. I joined the curvy girls forum in 2017 and have been active ever since. CG saved my life during these years and I honestly don’t know what I would have done without it. I have found a place to share my true self, be supported in my hardest days, and help others through the storm that is scoliosis. I don’t want anyone to feel alone with this, and I would love to help other girls through the same thing, and hopefully make their lives a little bit easier. I also know that it’s not just a one way thing, that we can all help each other, and it can benefit me too. Curvy Girls is an amazing family of girls that only want to help, and I would be honored to help even more by being a leader.