My favorite hobbies are dancing, playing piano, singing, and sewing. I’m also a Patient Ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children Chicago.  

When I was 11 years old I was diagnosed with scoliosis. at the time my curve was only 38 degrees. following my diagnosis, I started physical therapy, specifically the Schroth Method. I was never braced because I was almost done growing by the time I was diagnosed. 

I had to stop physical therapy a few months after I had started, due to a leg injury. Once I was able to go back to physical activities I didn’t go back to physical therapy because my curve was stable. a year and a half later, my curve progressed to 47 degrees. That’s when it was determined that I needed to have Spinal Fusion surgery. 

I had my surgery on July 2, 2019, and my final curve was 56 degrees. I have 2 titanium rods and 13 screws fusing my spine. now being one year post-op, I’m glad I had the surgery. 

I want to help and encourage girls going through scoliosis. I want to help them find confidence in themselves and also to realize that being different isn’t a bad thing, it’s what makes them special.