My name is Allison. I am 17 years old. When I was first diagnosed with scoliosis I was 10. After realizing how hard to near impossible it was to connect with other kids my age living with scoliosis, and facing the same problems, my mom and I felt it was important that we start the Kick'n Curves website. So we launched our website in 2013. Our hope was to connect and help others living with scoliosis, dealing with bracing or facing a spinal fusion. With so much to deal with or anticipate we hope our website helps many people facing the same situations. So far our website has reached people all around the world. We have also personally talked to families who reached out to us and helped them with their experience. It is very rewarding to hear our website has touched so many lives and helped so many families during their journey with scoliosis. As we know, when one family member suffers from this physical condition it truly affects the entire family.
We hope as you continue to read through our website you will find peace and a positive outlook on the future of your journey.
Now, let me tell you a little bit about myself - besides my scoliosis. =) I am in 11th grade in High School and I'm really enjoying the social aspect of it! LOL I also have lots of things that interest me, but my absolute number one passion is MUSIC. I love singing, songwriting and playing my guitar, piano and ukelele. I have been fortunate enough to have had good teachers along the way, and I have practiced hard to bring me where I am today. I perform at different venues in and around Tampa Bay - while earning a pretty decent paycheck doing what I love! But my bigger dream is yet to come.... (on the big stage). :)
While I have many things I enjoy and love, there are some things I don't - like having had scoliosis. I had what is known as idiopathic scoliosis. After almost 4 years of treatments, (doctors visits, night braces, brace fittings, blah, blah, blah, blahhhhh....), my spine continued to curve and do what it wanted to! (sometimes that will happen with this type of scoliosis) With a 66 degree thoracic curve and a 43 degree compensatory lumbar curve the doctors explained the only way to stop and correct my curve was spinal fusion. It was better to do this sooner than later because as I continue to grow my spine continues to curve. My surgery date was August 16, 2013.... =0 (yes, I was nervous)...
And yep on the header of the website is a picture of my spine before and after surgery!! Nice huh? =)
I had some "kick'n curves"! LOL
Check out "My Journey" where I share my experiences in living with scoliosis. I talk about when my life first changed in discovering my curvature of the spine all the way through my spinal fusion surgery to correct it and even now. I share my feelings, hopes, worries and expectations along the path of my journey. I hope you like it and it helps you in your journey.
I also have a blog my dad created 3 days before my surgery as we began preparations. The blog was created to update our friends and family (and save from a bazillion emails and texts - lol) and to help others who are or will be going through the same thing. My dad updated this blog thru my surgery, hospital stay and initial recovery phase. You can check out my blog and pictures at: http://allisonsurgery.blogspot.com/2013/08/allisons-surgery.html
If you want to share your story on our kick'n curves website and connect with others too, be the first to join my discussion board! It's easy!
It would be great to hear from you!