Scoliosis Stories

Written by a Teen for Teens

Jessica's Story

 

         I am Jessica and I am 12 years old.  My mom's side of the family has quite a few cases of Scoliosis, my aunt and my grandma has it.  I found out that I had mild Scoliosis late last year when a nurse came in check for Scoliosis during school.  I never thought that I would have to wear a back brace.  I went to the doctors and they decided to monitor my back.  After a few weeks of monitoring, the doctor told me that if my curve worsened, I might have to wear a brace until I stopped growing (which would be about a year and a half).  Then at my next appointment, my curve was around 20 degrees.  The doctor said that there was big chance my back was going to get worse.  If I wore a brace, then my back most likely wouldn't get any better but would remain the same.  My parents didn't want to take that risk.  So, now I have had to wear a back brace for a year and a bit and it is very uncomfortable.  People tell me that if I don't wear my brace now, my back will be curved for my the rest of my life. I have to wear it for 23 hours every day.  The only time I don't have to wear it is in the shower.  Now, my curve is 29 degrees. I just keep thinking that it could be a lot worse!

 

Thank you so much Jessica for letting me post your story!

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