My name is Steph, I’m 22 and I live in a little town called Horndean in the UK. It seems quite strange to be writing a blog about my life but I have been wanting to share my experiences of scoliosis and spinal fusion for years now and a blog seems the best way to do that.
I was born with scoliosis which I inherited from both sides of my family (my mum and my dad’s sister have it), so I was pretty much destined to inherit it haha! I was very lucky to have grown up swimming competitively from about the age of 7 to 16, winning medals at national level, which meant I had strong muscles and a wide range of movement from the beginning. You might think that by training twice a day in a ‘revealing’ swimming costume while having regular physio and gym sessions, someone might have noticed the curvature in my body and the lump on my back at an early age. However, it was only picked up accidentally by a family member when I was 14. After that I attended a few hospital appointments where I was eventually told at age 16 that I would need corrective spinal fusion surgery before it got any worse. I had the surgery on 30th September 2010.
Now, over 6 years on, I want to tell my story about how spinal fusion is tough but, in my case, oh so worth it! I just want to put a little disclaimer here that I am not a medical professional, nor do I have any knowledge about the intricacies of surgery or recovery. This blog is based on my experiences only and I urge anyone with any health concerns to see their GP as early diagnosis is key to pretty much any issue.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog posts, I promise they will get better with time! And I hope you all have a lovely day making the most of every minute!
Before –> After
Fused T5-L3 (11 vertebrae)