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  1. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas

    I was fifteen when I had a posterior spinal infusion at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. I had been a patient there for two years prior to my surgery. The medical staff at the hospital were some of the...
  2. Parents had the better reaction....

    When I first got diagnosed with scoliosis, the doctors basically presented me with two options: surgery or a brace. I was in taekwondo at the time and was really close to earning my black belt so I...
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    One of the lucky ones:)

    I was one of the lucky girls, I guess and didn't get my period the day after my surgery. The nurses even told me to prepare for it but it didn't come. While I didn't get it in the hospital, I got it...
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    That's amazing!

    I hope the same thing will happen to me when I return in six months. If my x-Ray shows that my curve hasn't changed since I've been out of the brace then I'll be done!!!!!!
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    I'm right with ya!

    Don't worry you are definitely not the only one who feels this way. I recently got a new brace and I hate it and I just want to get it out of my life! But i am glad to know that other girls are going...
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    well i got my first brace in 8th grade and that...

    well i got my first brace in 8th grade and that was really when i was starting to see all of my friends dating and getting to know boys and stuff. But at ten you should just stay on for the ride and...
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    Right? I might as well add you as a friend. Which...

    Right? I might as well add you as a friend. Which I will do now :)
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    Good for you! I actually have an appointment for...

    Good for you! I actually have an appointment for a new brace on New Year's Eve and the doctor told me that it'll be like breaking in a new pair of shoes and that it won't be the same as the one i...
  9. I couldn't have said it better myself,...

    I couldn't have said it better myself, BalletGirl77 :) what you said was so true. the only advice i can give is to wear your brace no matter how bad it may hurt or be uncomfortable. In the end, it...
  10. Yeah and my doctor said that a brace does not...

    Yeah and my doctor said that a brace does not stop the scoliosis but it keeps it from getting worse. So yeah i guess if you wear the brace like one should then your scoliosis shouldn't have changed...
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    i guess. nice observation. but i guess i got off...

    i guess. nice observation. but i guess i got off my high horse and started to think less negatively of the situation. but hopefully my brace will be off by march and i resume my life without that...
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    It's just something that will, although it may...

    It's just something that will, although it may not seem so, better ourselves for future events. If we're going through a hard time as adults then we'll remember the struggle and eventually the...
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    I know I will be out of my brace someday and I...

    I know I will be out of my brace someday and I don't really think of it as a sentence or a punishment. I just think that it's an obstacle that I have to go through that will make me stronger. I think...
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    That's true. I mean I guess I shouldn't let my...

    That's true. I mean I guess I shouldn't let my brace stop me from doing things that I want to do. And there are so many things I want to do! But no one's been making fun of me or anything but...
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    Well I really admire your bravery especially in...

    Well I really admire your bravery especially in the face of adverisity and i guess it's just hard for us as girls to go through wearing a brace. Every day at school I have to always be conscious of...
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    Yeah, I know that there are a few good guys out...

    Yeah, I know that there are a few good guys out there. But I get kinda scared because I know how shallow some guys can be. But if he is really the one then he will be fully supportive of my scoliosis...
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    That gives me hope

    I guess with brace I can't help but wonder what a guy would do if i told him about the brace because i know a lot of guys are shallow. BUT despite all those shallow guys i know that there are some...
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    Boys and Brace! Your thoughts!!!!

    So I'm timid to date because even though my parents allow it, I'm worried if a guy won't accept my brace. Does anyone have a boyfriend with a brace and how did they react when you told them? Or does...
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    Hoodies are your lifesavers!

    My trick with my brace is to always wear a t-shirt or some cute shirt with a hoodie or a coat in the winter. It doesnt show your straps and if you sit up straight can make it look really nice. I...
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    I do it too!

    On special occasions at school where we get released early for holidays I don't wear it or if I want to be comfortable for final exams. But on the down side I do tend to get achy/sore. But I just...
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    Of course!

    I'm a sophmore in high school and have been wearing my brace since the second semester of my 8th grade year of middle school. At first, I was cool with it, I even felt comfortable about telling...
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