Hi my name is Madison. I am 13 years old and live in Washington State. I participate in activities such as volleyball, track and field, ballet, and playing the viola. I also love to spend time with my family, read, and watch movies as well.
When I was at my twelve-year-old routine check-up, my doctor informed me that I had scoliosis. They took pictures of my spine and told me that I had a 45-degree curve and that I needed to go see a specialist. I was put in a Boston brace in November of the first year of middle school. My doctor said that I would have to wear my brace 18 hours a day for about 3 years which I was not excited about. My mom signed me up for Schroth in January of 2019. The moves were very helpful and even decreased my curve by one degree. Over time, I got used to my brace and felt more comfortable talking about it with my friends and classmates. I still had to do P.E. even though I had to do modified moves. The kids in my class would always ask me why I was doing that and I usually would say that I was special. My P.E. class was before lunch so, I had to sneak off to the nurse's office to change into my brace because I didn’t want other kids in my P.E. class to know that I was wearing a brace. At the end of first semester in 7th grade, I had to stop P.E. because I wasn’t getting enough hours in my brace. I'm now a T.A. for an English class and a class with disabilities. I outgrew my brace and I now have to wear a WCR brace.
I am thrilled to start as a leader for the Washington Curvy Girls group. Even though scoliosis is a challenge for the girls and their families, I am very excited to help the girls get through their scoliosis journey.
Hi, my name is Maddie! I am 14 living in Malaga Washington where I can ride my bike and swim all I want in the community pool! When I was in 6th grade I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I had no clue what it was. I just knew that I was told I needed an X-Ray. The results came back, and it turns out my spine was at a 20-degree curve. My doctors just said they wanted to watch it and make sure it can’t get any worse.
A year went by and I had another X-Ray for my spine. Turns out it had progressed to 29 degrees. I was recommended to Seattle Children’s Hospital right away, but we didn’t make the appointment for another 6 months. Once we had the appointment made, I got more X-Rays and it had progressed again to 30 degrees. I was immediately fitted into a Boston Brace that I needed to wear for most of the day. 8th grade year started up and I had to wear the brace everywhere. But I had to take it off for P.E or any physical activity. I hated dressing down because of the loud noises that the Velcro made as I took off my brace and all the stares and questions I would get. I would get about 5 people ask me what it was a day! I would always complain to my mom about how my day went with my brace. And during volleyball, the brace got even more attraction. I would wait until everyone left to dress down, so I was always the last one out.
I play volleyball and I run in track! So, it is a lot of fun, but my brace was always the thing on my mind rather than how I am doing in the sport. After track season, I was messaging a fellow leader named Izzy from Wichita about how she was doing and how she became a leader. I mentioned my interest in becoming a leader and she began telling me more about it, and I got even more exited to do it! When I became more exited to do this, I realized that I wasn’t scared of showing my brace off or talking about it to anyone. I wouldn’t mind speaking about it to anyone and I would always answer any question they asked. I also realized that they meant no harm in what they were asking. Because when I thought about it, if I were in their shoes and I saw someone wearing it, I would be a bit curious also.
The reason why I wanted to become a leader was because I love helping people and giving advice to them to help. Supporting people and their challenges gives me the biggest smile! My mom has always told me every day as I get out of the car to go to school, “Shine your light today!” And it didn’t make sense to me until I realized what it meant--- to make someone smile more than you could ever do.
Now, my scoliosis can’t stop me from being the person I am today.
I found out I had scoliosis about a month after my eleventh birthday. Our doctor quickly got us an appointment at Children’s Hospital for an X-ray and things went on from there. We soon got set up with Dr. White since my curve was about 52 degrees. A month later, I had my first session of Schroth physiotherapy. My mother soon found out about Curvy Girls and took me to my first meeting (it was right after the CG convention 2018).
I like reading, music, nature, art, sewing, knitting, birds of prey, and crafts. I do karate, play the flute and am homeschooled (oh, and I am also in Camp Fire).
I want to make a difference by helping girls like me who need support, comfort, love, and understanding!