Okay, so one thing about me is that I have/had scoliosis. During my yearly checkup in April 2009, they noticed that I had a severe curvature of my spine. They were shocked, as they had not caught it at my previous checkup. I guess it happened during that year. They immediately referred me to ONE to talk about a brace, or even more, surgery.
We skipped the entire brace process and had to go into surgery, and they scheduled it 2 months later as it was that severe of a curve. I don’t remember the exact degree, but I know it was pretty bad. During the 2 months between appointments, my curve progressed even more and was aggressive. It was talked about how I could die if I didn’t have the surgery, as it could crush vital organs.
On June 30, 2009, at the young age of 9, I went under the knife for 6 hours for the spinal fusion surgery. I have two rods connected by screws in my back to fuse my spine together. I have a 17-18 inch scar on my back. I was stuck in a brace for a couple of months. I used to hate it, but now I embrace it. I am who I am today because of it. Each year I celebrate another year of living, because I don’t know how long I would have lasted if it weren’t for the surgery. I am extremely blessed and thankful for it.
So here’s to 6 years! If any of you have a story like this or have gone through the same thing, please tell me about it in the comments!