Marissa & Ella 2018-20
Newport News Virginia
Hi! My name is Moyo and I am 13 years old. I love acting, drawing, reading, and writing. I am also a Girl Scout and a lover of traveling and my Nigerian culture.
I’ve been currently wearing my brace since January of 2018. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 9 in fourth grade. I inherited scoliosis from my dad, but he never told me about it until then. I felt very different from all my friends because I was the only one with scoliosis in my grade. After several years of therapy, my sister was diagnosed with scoliosis too! Her degrees were not as bad as mine, but it felt great having someone to talk to.
Around that time there was a poster in my school for Curvy Girls Scoliosis. Many people made fun of it, but I understood. Sadly, I couldn’t go to the meeting and eventually forgot about it. My doctor monitored my degrees every 6 months until last year in December I was told I needed a Boston Brace (I had a huge grow spurt; I’m 5”9!) to wear for 14 hours a day! I was excited and embarrassed at the same time and I wore it on and off. I felt even more alone and awkward then before.
Later on, I received a book called Braced by Alyson Gerber. I already knew I was going to love it! Not only was the book amazing, but they mentioned Curvy Girls! Immediately the day after, I joined the Curvy Girls of Newport News! Shortly later I joined the group, the former leader decided to step down, though I had no problem taking over the position! I want to share great advice with girls like me, just like what Mia and Gabriella did.
Despite having scoliosis, I enjoy doing cheer and expect to continue. I’m excited to be a leader, and show that your scoliosis does not define you, but instead makes you a greater person!
Virginia Beach Virginia
Hi, my name is Leah. I play the flute and love marching band. I am a Girl Scout and love selling lots and lots of Girl Scout cookies. I also like to swim and hang out with my friends.
My doctor monitored my curve for 2 years before it progressed enough to where I needed a brace. I’ve been wearing a Boston Brace for over two and a half years. I started Schroth a few months ago and hopefully it will decrease my curve. All of my doctors have been very supportive through my entire journey. I am very thankful for them.
I am a Curvy Girls leader today because I want to give back just like the Curvy Girls of Newport News did for me.
Hi! My name is Hannah and I am 16 years old. I love to act, sing, dance, swim and read. I especially love to get involved with school plays and musicals every year because it is exhilarating, but also because I get to release the stress I have from mountains of school work.
I was diagnosed with scoliosis in September of 2018 and got my brace in November of that year. At the time, I was living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; a place where scoliosis is not common or talked about. I felt isolated, ashamed and insecure.
I have just recently moved to Mclean, Virginia this past summer and I was very eager to find a scoliosis support group or to start one myself. I am very thankful for Curvy Girls and their kindness and support they have shown me in my effort to become a leader because now I get to help other girls like me. I know that when I was first given a brace, I felt like I was different, but in a negative way. It began to control me and my confidence plummeted. Now, I have confidence and experience wearing this brace and I know that having scoliosis does not define me or anyone else. I hope to inspire other girls who are struggling with scoliosis and to give them advice on how to cope with this change of lifestyle.