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davidgayle
01-08-2005, 08:24 AM
I was just wondering because i play Softball all summer if they will be as nice as everyone at school because they will see it more because no one at my school ever see the brace but i will have tournament about every weekend and i'll have to take it off for the games and then put it back on will they be nice to me if they see it more? Should i keep it a secret as much as i can?, tell everyone right away?, or keep it between acouple of my closest friends? ~Sammie~

blairf83
01-08-2005, 08:41 AM
I've never been braced...
I was the brunt of a ton of teasing in middle and high school though.
The best way to handle stuff that you worry may lead to embarassment (In my opinion) is to just be completely nonchalant about it.
Don't try to *hide* it really (you are of course entitled to your privacy). Just go about your business, and if somebody notices and remarks, explain it to them nicely and then refuse to make an issue out of it after that...

ANIMAL LOVER12
01-08-2005, 04:09 PM
When I ahd my brace I told my friends but with time my whole class found out. Mostly because if they bumped into me or something they would ask what it was. No one made fun of me ever.

davidgayle
01-08-2005, 04:22 PM
Thank you Lauren for your comment but there's still one little prob there are about 2 girls that might make fun of me but it will probably be ok because my dad's my coach so thanks ~Sammie~

davidgayle
01-08-2005, 04:23 PM
And thank you to Blair!! your comment will help to

ANIMAL LOVER12
01-08-2005, 04:56 PM
I had a girl in school who made fun of everyone and I meen everyone! She started a bit when I ahd the brace but a friend of mine talked to her that was friends with her ad she stopped. I told her I felt too. She said she was sorry and didn't know that was how I felt. She thought I thought it was funny. So she said I think she may have been lying burt oh well. DSince your dad is the coach things should be okay.Good luck!

Terry63
01-31-2005, 10:54 AM
Hope you don't mind a mom's reply, but here it goes....

Hi! My daughter is almost 14 and has been wearing a Boston Brace for 1 1/2 years! She was very upset about having to wear the brace to school and had all of the same concerns and fears that you have. She talked to a distant cousin who has scoliosis. The cousin said that she told all of her friends about it and would knock loudly on her brace and would say that she had "abs of steel!" Then she'd let her friends "knock" on her, too.

Well, my daughter took her advice and did the same thing. Not only did her friends love knocking on her brace, but it became a fun thing to do. The "joking" sort of attitude ("abs of steel") really, really helped, and not one person has ever bothered her or made fun of her. Other kids would hear about it too and want to try to "knock" on her. After several months, the knocking got to be a bit much, so she just asked them to stop, and they did.

I hope this helps! Best wishes to you and hang in
Terry