New! Life with Scoliosis Merchandise

New! Life with Scoliosis Merchandise

Hello everyone, I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know that I have launched a brand new range of Scoliosis Awareness products on Teespring and Redbubble. Available products include t-shirts, vests, hoodies, mugs and bags. So please feel free to check out my store :) I will be adding more designs over the coming weeks and months, so please do check back. Also, if you have any ideas for future designs, or any feedback, please let...Read More
Blog Content Survey

Blog Content Survey

Hi everyone, Hope you are doing ok and staying safe. :) I've been using some of my extra time in lockdown to think about the direction of my blog and what's next. I'd really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to complete a quick survey, to help me improve my content and blog going forwards. I really want my content to be helpful and interesting to others and for my blog to be the best it can...Read More
Scoliosis and Body Confidence: My 5 Tips

Scoliosis and Body Confidence: My 5 Tips

Hi all, As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought I would do a post to talk about scoliosis and body confidence. Scoliosis is a spinal condition, and in my case my spine is curved in the shape of an 'S.' It's a chronic condition, which means it's something I have to live with forever. Scoliosis has many symptoms including pain and stiffness but an important symptom is how scoliosis can affect body confidence, self worth and overall mental...Read More
I Ran a Marathon!

I Ran a Marathon!

Hi everyone, I can't quite believe that I'm writing this but.... I completed an actual marathon! Me, the girl with severe scoliosis and spinal fusion. I'm so proud of myself it is unreal. 11 years ago when I was lying in that hospital bed following my scoliosis surgery, if someone had shown me a photograph of me at the finish line of a marathon, I wouldn't have believed it could be true. I think I would have laughed! But what...Read More
Marathon Training: 10 Tips to Prepare for a Long Run

Marathon Training: 10 Tips to Prepare for a Long Run

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  As I'm currently in the midst (and pain!) of marathon training, I've found myself getting into a bit of a pre-run routine when it comes to preparing for a long run, so I thought I'd share on here in case the things I've picked up are of use to anyone else. As some of you may be aware, I'm currently training for my first marathon (Manchester Marathon in April) to raise awareness and money...Read More
Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 3

Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 3

Hi everyone! For those who don't know, I have set myself the challenge of running my first marathon in April. It's safe to say, I'm terrified....! In VLOG 3 of marathon training with scoliosis, I take you on a typical training week with me. This includes my longest run as part of this training block - 14 miles. This week, I had a bit of a niggle in my left calf, and so I missed a session on Thursday to...Read More
Scoliosis Symptoms

Scoliosis Symptoms

What are the symptoms of Scoliosis? The thing about scoliosis is, when it first starts to develop, especially in children, often there aren’t any symptoms. It’s often only when the scoliosis starts to progress to a level where intervention is needed, that scoliosis is noticed. This is why early detection is crucial, as the sooner it is spotted, the better the outcome often is for treatment.  Scoliosis affects everyone differently and the symptoms can vary, depending on the type of...Read More
Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 2

Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 2

Hi everyone, So as you may (or may not) be aware, I'm training for my first marathon in April 2022. At the start of the month I shared the first week of marathon training. Last week I filmed my second marathon training vlog, to show a typical week at this stage - which is 10 weeks until marathon day. I'm now at the stage where I'm starting to build the long run distance, and I am starting to struggle now...Read More
Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 1

Marathon Training with Scoliosis: VLOG 1

Hi everyone, Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. So... over Christmas, I started my marathon training. I'm training for my first ever marathon, the Manchester marathon, which is in April 2022! I am working with a run coach and following the plans he sets for me each week, as I really want to do well and give myself the best shot possible. The plans typically involve several run sessions a week, plus several strength sessions per...Read More
Reflections and Goal Setting for 2022!

Reflections and Goal Setting for 2022!

Hi Everyone! Hope you all managed to enjoy Christmas, despite the ongoing pandemic. So, it's that time of year again - where I like to reflect on the year that has gone, and start setting some goals for the year ahead. This year (for once) I didn't set any crazy big goals, as this time last year things were very uncertain. We were in the middle of a pandemic, and I was having my own personal health issues, as well...Read More
2021 Wrapped: My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2021

2021 Wrapped: My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2021

As it's nearly the end of 2021, I thought I'd share the most popular blog posts from this year, in case you missed any of them. Below are the top 10 blog posts from 2021, based on reader views, in reverse order. Enjoy! 10. Should I have Scoliosis Surgery? This is a fairly recent blog post I wrote to try and answer the question I get asked the most. It's a difficult question to answer, but I tried my best...Read More
7 Tips to Survive Christmas with Back Pain

7 Tips to Survive Christmas with Back Pain

Over the years, I've found a few ways to cope with Christmas back pain, and so I thought I'd provide some tips to survive the festive period. Now, I love Christmas, but I find that festive activities - such as Christmas shopping, decorating the Christmas tree and wrapping presents - can really aggravate my back and cause pain. Factor in the cold weather and holiday stress, and my back seems to hurt more during this time of year, which can...Read More
Life With Scoliosis: Christmas Competition!

Life With Scoliosis: Christmas Competition!

Hi everyone, I've launched an exciting little Christmas Competition over on Instagram. One lucky winner will receive any item of their choice from the Life with Scoliosis Spring store! To enter, all you need to do is head on over to Instagram, follow my page, like the competition post and tag a friend in the comments. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel,I'll give you a bonus entry too :) Enter Now >> Terms & Conditions apply Life with Scoliosis...Read More
Life with Scoliosis – Black Friday Sale!

Life with Scoliosis – Black Friday Sale!

Hi everyone, Just a quick post to let you know that I have 10% off my Scoliosis Awareness Store for Black Friday week. I have added loads of new products over the last few months, with the aim of raising awareness of scoliosis and chronic pain. Have a look and if there is anything you like, use code BLACKFRI22 at the checkout. It's the perfect time to order any Christmas goodies! Just so you know, all profits from sales will...Read More
10 Christmas Gift Ideas for those with scoliosis

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for those with scoliosis

As the festive season is upon us and it's nearly Christmas again (not sure where this year is going!), I thought I would share some of my favourite gift ideas for those with scoliosis. These are things that either I find helpful (to manage pain or feel more comfortable) or that I've seen and found inspiring. Please feel free to add your own ideas into the comments below. :) This post contains affiliate links. 10 Christmas gift ideas for those with...Read More
Interview with Hannah at Scoliboxes

Interview with Hannah at Scoliboxes

Hi everyone, In this post I interview Hannah, who runs the non-profit organisation Scoliboxes. I first came across Hannah on Instagram, and I think it's amazing what she does! Hannah sends out boxes full of useful items and treats, to help cheer people up who are undergoing scoliosis surgery. If you are having scoliosis surgery, or if you know of somebody who may be facing scoliosis surgery soon, don't forget to apply for a Scolibox. You can read more about...Read More
Should I Have Scoliosis Surgery?

Should I Have Scoliosis Surgery?

Hi everyone! The most common question I get asked is ‘Should I have scoliosis surgery?” So I wanted to dedicate a blog post and YouTube video around this topic, to give my honest experiences, and hopefully help people who may be in the position of deciding whether to have scoliosis surgery or not. Every case of scoliosis is different and so I can’t really answer that question for other people. However, I can give some of my own reasons as...Read More