How Scoliosis Affects My Life
When people hear the word “scoliosis” they most likely have no idea what it is. Scoliosis is a very common chronic illness among people ages 10 to 18. Your spine isn’t straight, it either has an “S” curve of a “C” curve. Depending on how bad it is, it could turn your life upside down. So far there only a couple of thing that doctors can do to help keep your curve from getting worse: Bracing and bone grafting and spinal fusion surgery. The problem is, most people think that it doesn’t really affect your daily activities, but it does. The pain is consistent and it hinders you from you for some activities that you love to do. This is my story about a day in my life with scoliosis.
My alarm is blaring and jolts me out of a deep sleep. I get up and tap on my phone so that wretched noise will stop, and I lay back down. I lay in bed staring up at the ceiling thinking to myself, “Gotta get through another day.” I finally get out of bed and take my brace off. I’m relieved because it feels like a corset rather than something trying to prevent my curve from getting worse.
I walk over to my closet to pick an outfit and get ready for school, but as I’m walking a sharp pain goes rushing up my spine and my ribcage aches. This has been going on for a while so I try to brush it off and keep getting ready. I finally get downstairs to eat breakfast and am greeted by my dad who drives me to school every morning. I grab my orange juice and reach for the container of Ibuprofen. I gulp down three Advil’s and sit down and start eating. About 10 minutes later, I am up and ready to go to school. As I put my backpack on my shooting pain gets worse.