Hello! My name is Sophia. I am 17 years old and from New York City. Some of my hobbies include running for my school’s cross country and track teams, and being involved in clubs such as Psychology and Campus Ministry. I like to write, travel, shop, and spend time with my family and friends. My favorite food is souvlaki, as my Greek heritage is an important part of my identity. Above all, I am an approachable and understanding individual seeking to help and give back to others!
I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 11. Scoliosis runs on my dad’s side, so it wasn’t a shock to discover I actually had it. My doctor ordered me to wear a back brace to prevent my curve from increasing. After two years of wearing the brace, my scoliosis had unfortunately not improved as the angle of my curve increased to 71 degrees. My only option was to undergo spinal fusion surgery. It took me three months to fully recover from my surgery. Both my body and mental state were in pain and exhaustion. Without experiencing this hardship, however, I wouldn’t be as strong and healthy as I am today. My journey with scoliosis is indeed a part of who I am. Most importantly, I also wouldn’t be able to help other girls who have scoliosis.
Now, I want to provide support and guidance for other girls dealing with scoliosis. The internal effect scoliosis has on someone is most definitely overlooked. The years of wearing a brace and attending frequent doctor’s appointments were a dark time for me. I felt anxious and overwhelmed, but primarily lonely. I didn't have anyone I could talk to about my struggle with scoliosis during any phase, mostly because I didn't feel anyone could relate to me. Therefore, my goal is to be an advocate for other girls, to never have them feel like they’re alone throughout this challenging journey, the same way I had felt. One of the crucial is that having scoliosis is nothing to be ashamed of. Learning to love yourself as you are is a process that is undoubtedly achievable. I aspire to positively impact others’ lives through my own encounter.