My name is Mary, and I have scoliosis. I was diagnosed with it a few years ago. I wear my brace during the day now, but I used to wear one at night. Wearing a brace has affected my life in many ways, but don’t worry. You can still be the same you even with scoliosis.
I’m 14 years old and a freshman at Hampshire High School, in Hampshire, Ill. Let me tell you a little about myself. I love to read, and I love cats. I have one cat named C.C., and she is the cutest thing ever!
During this past school year, I got a daytime brace. Don’t be afraid to tell your teachers and principal that you have scoliosis. They really can help you, even if you don’t have to wear a brace at school. Instead of going to gym now, I go to study hall. I also was able to get an extra set of textbooks to keep at home, because it’s easier if I don’t have to carry them back and forth.
Don’t worry about telling your friends you have scoliosis. My friends were helpful with my brace. And when I had a nighttime brace, they even decorated it! My friends even know when I need to laugh about my scoliosis. They call my brace my “abs.” As in, “Hey Mary, do you have your abs on?” I really couldn’t go through this without them!
Check out my video below. If you’ve just found out you have scoliosis, maybe it’ll help.
You also can watch videos of other kids who’ve been diagnosed with scoliosis.
The Scoliosis Program at Children’s Hospital provides specialized care for kids with scoliosis, offering the only multidisciplinary program in Milwaukee and Wisconsin just for kids.