For as long as I can remember, chronic pain has controlled my life. I have had to anticipate it, prepare for it, plan around it and work through it nearly every day since I was diagnosed with scoliosis in sixth grade. I had an “S” curve – my spine was 25 degrees on top and 26 degrees on the bottom.
Since my diagnosis 12 years ago, my life has continued to center around me being in and out of different doctor’s offices, physical therapy clinics and hospitals trying to decrease or maintain my curve and manage my pain. I wore this ugly plastic Boston brace for several years before switching to a night-time brace, and ultimately I had to get my spine fused (T5 to L2) in June of 2013.