Hey there! My name is Rose, and this is a summary of my scoliosis story! In the summer of 2018 at the age of 12, I was diagnosed with type 4 Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis after seeing a Pediatrician and an Orthopedic Surgeon who specialized in spinal deformities. After I was diagnosed, I had to wear an overnight brace. I wore it for about 6 months to try to help my 30-40-degree curvature in my spine. After months of it including an MRI, I stopped wearing it because it made no change. In winter of 2019 I was told that I might need surgery by my orthopedic surgeon. My parents and I chose to get a 2nd opinion from another surgeon. Come to find out, everything checked out the same. I continued seeing my original orthopedic surgeon.
In the summer of 2019, my scoliosis had almost jumped 3/4 into higher numbers, this was not good news! Every time I would go to my regular checkups, they would do an X-ray and, sometimes it would not be very much different and, sometimes it would! In December of 2019, my spine had developed a 59-degree curve but within months it went up to 64 degrees.
In January of 2020, we scheduled spinal fusion surgery after multiple prayers, consults, and meetings with the doctors and staff. I started pre op appointments with my physical therapist, anesthesiologist and as well as my orthopedic surgeon. From January to May of 2020 I had multiple preparation appointments.
On June 4th of 2020 I had partial spinal fusion surgery to correct my 64-degree curve that had only continued to increase. As I write this, I am a couple months post-op from surgery. I can say, it was all worth it and I am recovering well. God has brought me through this over the past years and I am beyond thankful.
Currently, I am 14 and I am participating in local pageants here in South Carolina to bring more awareness for scoliosis. Thank you for reading! My Instagram is @rose.aka.rosie as well as my scoliosis account (@scoliosis.overcomer) for updates about me, my scoliosis journey even with surgery and my life!
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”