Louise Laurie

Louise was diagnosed at 14 with a 70 degree curve. The specialists recommended surgery but her parents weren’t comfortable with that so instead she went back to the specialist every year for the next decade to check if it was progressing. ‘I felt really alone and really scared throughout this. I felt like I was […]

Music and my curvy spine – Charlotte Champian

It all started when I used to complain to my mum that one of my hips stuck out. As my ever-supportive mother, she would reassure me that I was just growing, and that it would even out. Then one day during a volleyball game, as I was bending forward to serve, my PE teacher noticed […]

Clara Spacey

Clara Spacey’s cousin Emily Tanner is studying Fashion Communication at Northumbria University and took photos of her and interviewed her about how her perception of ‘true beauty’ changed since being diagnosed with scoliosis. “I’d just stepped out of the shower when my mum noticed my shoulders weren’t level,” said 15-year-old Clara from Gainsborough. It takes […]

Alice Fevronia

In the Autumn of 2019, Alice Fevronia made it all the way to the final of the tenth series of the Great British Bake Off. This was the pinnacle of a journey that started when she was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 16. ‘I was just looking in the mirror one day and I thought […]

Gráinne Russell

I don’t remember living in a body that doesn’t hurt. I was 13 years old in 1988 when I first felt pain in my back. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at my first spinal specialist appointment, I distinctly remember seeing the C shaped curve on my X-ray. I spent the following two years in and […]

Holly Bradley

I am 18 years old now but was just 12 when I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Scoliosis with a curve of 45°. It was found later that I had a hind-brain hernia and Syrinx at the top of my spinal cord. For the next 2 years my condition was monitored and as the Syrinx had […]

Holly Punter

I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2014, when I was around 16 years old. I was really concerned about how it looked more than anything else, although it didn’t really cause me much pain at this point. After a few X-rays and an MRI scan, my consultant diagnosed me with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, with a […]

Tash Jones

My name is Tash, I am 19 and was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 15. I was originally told that I had a 12-degree curve in my spine which was considered to be old movement but was requested to come back for a check-up 6 months later, where they discovered my spine was […]

Emily Hale

Emily Hale was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 14 with a 54 degree curve and went on to have fusion surgery a year later. Emily was a dancer and figure skater before the surgery so was keen to get back into the activities she loved. She found it harder than expected though and it shook […]

Archie Clarke

When I was around 14 years old I went to my GP to ask about a rash or other minor ailment—I can’t quite remember what—and just before leaving I mentioned that my shoulder blades protruded more than I thought they should. After taking off my shirt for two different GPs, who didn’t really know what […]