Recently found this book by Bettijane Eispenpreis at my school library. They were giving it away for free so I thought, why not?
I skimmed through it and there’s some useful and informative tidbits! Not to mention some great diagrams and easy to understand definitions and explanations :)
I’ll share ‘em as I find ‘em!
I have an update on my own personal story and thought I’d share in case it could be helpful to anyone else.
Yesterday I met with my specialist, Dr. Hembd at the Northern California Spine & Rehabilitation Associates office for my regular check-up to see how things were going.
He walked in carrying my x-ray (above) for the first time and I knew that this appointment was going to be different.
It was my last time seeing Dr. Hembd.
My spine has not changed since I saw him six months ago, and six months ago it had not changed since I saw him two years before.
He told me that my spine is stable, my hips have fused, and my future is only going to stay the same or get better.
I was told I won’t grow any taller (stuck at five feet forever, I guess!) and the curve shouldn’t get worse until I’m in my 50’s and my bones weaken or if I develop arthritis.
It was a bittersweet moment to hear him say this to me.
In four years I have really chagned so much.
From not knowing anything about scoliosis, sitting in his office, scared and confused, to learning to accept and deal with my crooked spine.
My curve is minuscule compared to others but I did experience a few up and downs, and even the slightest sign can cause some problems.
I still continue to wear my foot lift in my left shoe and make sure to do my physical therapy exercises on a daily basis.
Dr. Hembd told me with daily physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and being kind to my back, my spine shouldn’t cause me any problems.
He said there was no way my curvature would lessen, nor would my spine ever become straight but if I work hard and stay cautious I’m free to do anything I want so long as I listen to my body’d needs.
There are still a few things that I’m finding difficult to grasp, like how I won’t be able to wear open toed shoes because of my constant need to wear my insert. Or the fact that stripes will never look good on me. But things that I can’t change should never be my anchor. They should never be your anchor either!
I can only hope for all of you to someday get to this point that I’m at now: the moment when you’re in the clear and are told that you can live your life without having to constantly worry in the back of your mind!
I still try my best to advocate for scoliosis awareness and always lend a hand to fellow leaners!
I owe endless thanks to Dr. Hembd, for he has allowed me to embrace myself and taught me that scoliosis is not an impairment. I can do anything I want if I really believe it!
I am bent, not broken.
Just thought your followers may want to know about ‘Scoliosis SOS’.
It’s non-surgical intense therapy which aims to change the way your muscles hold your spine just through physiotherapy. It’s based in London and is private so it’s not funded but it’s a surgery alternative that not many people know about, it’s up and coming.
I’m currently doing the 4 week course, and its already having results!
Help spread the word and to stop people having surgery when other alternatives are available!
Thank you :)
YAY MY ONE YEAR POST-OP IS TODAY!
It has been an AMAZING journey. My life has changed completely for the better. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to get this treatment and I hope that all of you lovely scoliotics are doing well and are living your lives to its fullest potential because scoliosis is not going to hold us back (sappy alert). Take care everyone xx