My long journey with scoliosis started seven years ago, when I was just ten years old. I was taking a yoga class when my teacher unexpectedly noticed that my back was uneven. Little did I know that this simple observation was actually the beginning of what would become a very emotional and life-shaping experience. After a year or so of appointments with different doctors, I went to BC Children’s Hospital, where I met Dr. Miyanji and saw an x-ray of my curved spine. What I found out was shocking: my curve had reached over fifty degrees, which meant I needed to get surgery. Two years later, my curve had increased to ninety-six degrees, and I then found myself in the hospital, eager to get the first of my two surgeries done.
Both surgeries were successfully completed. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw my final x-rays and my upper curve was reduced to just seven degrees! Dr. Miyanji and his team made a miracle happen, and they were helped by the kind staff and nurses who took care of me during my recovery in the hospital. They all changed my life in every possible aspect. By the time I went home, I felt fearless and ready to take on this healthy life lying ahead of me! The first test came when my staples were removed – I was dreading this moment. However, they were removed with ease, and I couldn’t feel it at all. They actually left the most amazing scar on my back. That scar is the proof that I have fought for what I truly wanted.
Two months after my surgery, my energy was completely back. I went back to school and was no longer worried about how people saw me when they looked at me from the back. I continued writing and sharing photos on my fashion blog. I shared my before and after x-rays and told my story to my readers. I think my story has touched many people. I owe my life to Dr. Miyanji and the rest of my family at BC Children’s. These past two years have been filled with so much happiness and success; I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me. My surgery was the start to the incredible life I am now living.
Where is she now?
It has been two years since Lea had a two stage surgery to correct her scoliosis. She is happy, healthy, and proud of her where her journey with scoliosis has led her. Lea is a writer, fashion guru and stylist. She has appeared in Italian Vogue, and is now pursing fashion school in South America. We wish her all the best in all of her endeavors. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Lea!
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