Dancing Through Scoliosis | Autumn’s Journey

Dancing Through Scoliosis | Autumn’s Journey Hi! My name is Autumn, and I am a 15-year-old ballerina with scoliosis. I was diagnosed at the age of 14 after my ballet teacher suspected that I might have scoliosis. After seeing an orthopedist, I was diagnosed with a moderately sized curve and was then was immediately fitted Read more about Dancing Through Scoliosis | Autumn’s Journey[…]

The Unknowns: Controllables vs Uncontrollables

The Unknowns: Controllables vs Uncontrollables Written by Annie Kramer At the age of 12, I was diagnosed with severe idiopathic scoliosis. Walking into a new school as a 6th grader had its challenges, especially with the additional challenge of my worsening spine. Before I knew it my doctors put me in a full-time hard shell Read more about The Unknowns: Controllables vs Uncontrollables[…]

Tips for Heading Back to School from Fellow Bracers

Tips for Heading Back to School We polled the scoli squad to help get you ready to go back to school with your scoliosis brace! We asked them about different topics, and here are their responses: “If you feel like you want to hide your brace, you can wear your pants/shorts over your brace, then Read more about Tips for Heading Back to School from Fellow Bracers[…]

Dancing Through Scoliosis

Dancing Through Scoliosis My name is Aika Takagi. I’m 13 years old. I wanted to share my scoliosis and dance journey. My scoliosis and dance journey are intertwined through my love for dance and pushing myself to do better in everything I do. When I was 11, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. Scoliosis is where Read more about Dancing Through Scoliosis[…]

Questions To Ask Your Orthotist

Questions To Ask Your Orthotist Being measured and fit with your brace can be an overwhelming experience for lots of new bracers. You may forget to ask questions or not know what to ask. We’ve got you covered! Here is a list of questions to get you started. Brace Type and Function Is bracing commonly Read more about Questions To Ask Your Orthotist[…]

Megan’s Scoli Journey in Malaysia

Megan’s Scoli Journey in Malaysia Hi, my name is Megan and I’m just a regular 16-year-old who lives in the south of Malaysia. I first found out I had scoliosis when I was 12/13-years-old when a doctor noticed I was standing a bit slouched. Fast forward half a year with all the appointments and chiropractor Read more about Megan’s Scoli Journey in Malaysia[…]

We’re In This Together

We’re In This Together: Creating A Support Network For Girls With Scoliosis Abby is 12 years old and was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2018. Shortly after, she was fit with her scoliosis brace at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland.  She and her mom, Christine, began looking to connect with fellow bracers around Abby’s age. Read more about We’re In This Together[…]

My Biggest Supporter

Aika’s Adventures: My Biggest Supporter My name is Aika. I was diagnosed with scoliosis a month after my 11th birthday. I was scared when I first heard but then was quickly relieved. My biggest supporter, my mother, is a scoliosis success story, although during her journey, she had days where she did not feel that Read more about My Biggest Supporter[…]

Four Years and Four Braces Later: Lily’s Bracing Journey

Four Years and Four Braces Later: Lily’s Bracing Journey Hi! My name is Lily and I am 13 years old and live in Sunriver, Oregon. When I was 9 and in 4th grade I was having a really hard time taking deep breaths so my mom brought me to the doctor. My mom has asthma and Read more about Four Years and Four Braces Later: Lily’s Bracing Journey[…]

Taking Care Of Your Mental Health

Taking Care Of Your Mental Health Growing up is tough. Growing up while wrapped in a giant scoliosis brace can be even tougher. We all know that bracing can be stressful, and we have research that supports this. Research has shown that bracing can lead to feelings of stress, anger, and shame, and bracers tend Read more about Taking Care Of Your Mental Health[…]

Fighting Scoliosis Together – Brooke’s Story

Fighting Scoliosis Together – Brooke’s Story Hi! My name is Brooke ,and I am 13 years old from Alberta, Canada. I was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in May of 2018 when I was 11. I was sent to get an x-ray a few days later. At this point, I just felt extremely unlucky. I Read more about Fighting Scoliosis Together – Brooke’s Story[…]

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Fighting Scoliosis Together - Brooke's Story


Hi! My name is Brooke ,and I am 13 years old from Alberta, Canada. I was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in May of 2018 when I was 11. I was sent to get an x-ray a few days later. At this point, I just felt extremely unlucky. I knew that there were way worse things that could have happened to me, but out of everyone I knew, I had to be the one with a medical condition. After receiving an x-ray, my local chiropractor called my mom and told her that I had a 27 degree right thoracic curve and a 24-degree left lumbar curve.

We hoped that they would be mild, not moderate or severe. But luckily, we still caught it early enough to effectively treat it. So, I was then sent to another chiropractor in a city two hours away, where I was put into a brace 20 hours a day for four(ish) years. I have a Scolibrace which doesn’t just hold your curve in its place, but it also corrects it. I also had to go to my city chiro for 4 days, for an intensive Schroth program. There I received shock wave therapy, Scoliroll treatment, and traction table treatment. In January 2019, I found out that my right curve progressed from 27 to 35 degrees and my left decreased from 24 to 21. I also got a new brace ordered at this time because I grew out of my old one. And then my x-ray in August showed an improvement from 35 to 30 on the right and from 21 to 19 on the left.

I have a Instagram scoliosis support page called @scoliosis._.life which recently hit 900 followers! I also help run a group account called @_scoliosis.fighters_ with 4 other girls. On my group account, we are currently looking for some scoliosis stories to post, so if you would like to be featured on our page, please dm us! You are also welcome to dm my page to talk to me! Thank you for reading my story!


 

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