Scoliosis Stories

Written by a Teen for Teens

                                             Meredith's Story

 

Hi, my name's Meredith and I live in Arizona. I am now 14 years old. When I turned 12, I went to my pediatrician and he said that I had scoliosis. I have a bad heart condition and have had 3 surgeries so far to correct it. My mom is especially paranoid with all of my medical problems. I went to see a pediatric orthopedic surgeon about two weeks late after my appointment.

 

When I first got there, he had me do the typical "bend forward" test which he then immediately saw that I had one very noticeable curve and that my spine was rotated so the vertebrae stuck out a lot. I immediately had several x-rays done.

 

The results were not good. I had one very large curve immediately above my hips and also a smaller one towards the middle of my back. The large one measured 32 degrees and the smaller one 19. I had one option: bracing.

 

I wore my brace for a year and a month, and I hated it. I would sneak to school without it on (since I had to wear it 23 hours a day) and refuse to wear it. I was always arguing with one of my parents about it and ended up in tears. But finally, my doctor said that I was done growing and I didn't have to wear it anymore. This was November 17, 2010.

 

I went back six months later, and found out that my larger curve had worsened to 39 degrees and my smaller one to 24. I go back at the end of December 2011, and if it’s gotten any worse I will need surgery. I'm so scared because I've already spent so much time in the hospital. I have a huge scar down my front and I don't want another matching one down the back.

 

For those of you who are in a brace now or are getting one, don't skip out on it. I understand what you're going through, with trying to find clothes that fit and worrying about kids at school, and how hot it can be. Summer where I live hit 110 degrees and up regularly, so I know how horrible that can be. But wearing your brace and getting out of surgery is so worth it. I'm a dancer and I have been since I was three, and if I have to get surgery I won't be able to dance at all for a year and I'll never be as good ever again.

 

So wear your brace with a smile, decorate it, and be proud. You're going through something lots of people couldn't handle, and in the long run it'll be the best thing for you.

 

 

Hugs and love,
Meredith<3

 

 

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