2.6 Challenge: Week 4 – COMPLETE!

2.6 Challenge: Week 4 – COMPLETE!

I'm so happy! This week I completed my 2.6 challenge! I'm so proud of myself. I started the 2.6 challenge on Sunday 26th April, to raise awareness and funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Like many charities, the Scoliosis Campaign Fund has been affected by the cancellation of fundraising events due to COVID19. The 2.6 challenge was launched to save the UK’s charities, and the idea is that people can do any challenge associated with the numbers 2 and/or 6. As...Read More
My 2.6 Challenge: Week 3

My 2.6 Challenge: Week 3

I’ve just finished week THREE of my 2.6 Challenge, so I wanted to write a quick blog post to document my runs over the past week. I started the 2.6 challenge on Sunday 26th April, in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Like many charities, the Scoliosis Campaign Fund has been affected by the cancellation of fundraising events due to COVID19. The 2.6 challenge was launched to save the UK’s charities, and the idea is that people...Read More
My 2.6 Challenge: Week 2

My 2.6 Challenge: Week 2

I've just finished week 2 of my 2.6 Challenge so thought I'd write a blog post to document my runs over the past week. I started the 2.6 challenge on Sunday 26th April, in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Like many charities, the Scoliosis Campaign Fund been affected by the cancellation of fundraising events due to COVID19. The 2.6 challenge was launched to save the UK's charities, and the idea is that people...Read More
My 2.6 Challenge: Week One

My 2.6 Challenge: Week One

This week, on Sunday 26th April, I started my 2.6 challenge, to raise vital funds and awareness of the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. If you are not aware of the 2.6 challenge, basically it is an initiative launched by the organisers of the London Marathon to save the UK's charities. As part of this challenge, I'll be running 2.6 miles, every day, for 26 consecutive days. This week so far, I have ran every day - in rain or shine! Running...Read More
2.6 Challenge and Machu Picchu Trek: UPDATE!

2.6 Challenge and Machu Picchu Trek: UPDATE!

This year marks 10 years since I had life-changing surgery on my spine to correct severe scoliosis. To raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund I was planning on running Manchester Marathon in April this year, as well as completing a charity trek to Machu Picchu in October. As a result of the Coronavirus, the Manchester Marathon has been postponed, although I completed all the training including a 20 mile run just before lockdown! My Machu Picchu trek WILL be...Read More
Yoga for Scoliosis

Yoga for Scoliosis

Yoga for Scoliosis: Benefits Since my scoliosis surgery, Yoga is something I have been afraid of and in the past, actively avoided. Because I have scoliosis and a fused spine, I automatically thought "I'm not bendy enough" and dismissed it. I have been to the odd Yoga class here and there but struggled with some of the moves, which initially put me off.  However, since I have gotten into running, and more specifically, started marathon training, I have found Yoga...Read More
Preparing for Scoliosis Surgery: From a Caretakers Perspective

Preparing for Scoliosis Surgery: From a Caretakers Perspective

If someone close to you is about to undergo scoliosis surgery, as someone on the “other side” it can be just as daunting to know how best to prepare and what to expect. For this special blog post, I have teamed up with Sanna – she has recently been in the caretaker role for her sister, who underwent scoliosis surgery Summer of 2018. She can offer invaluable advice, from a caretaker’s point of view on how to best prepare for...Read More
My 2020 Challenges: Manchester Marathon & Machu Picchu

My 2020 Challenges: Manchester Marathon & Machu Picchu

This year marks 10 years since I had life-changing surgery on my spine to correct my scoliosis. I had scoliosis surgery on July 29th 2010. I’m fused T3 to L3, which basically means that pretty much my whole spine is fused apart from 3 discs at the bottom. Following my surgery, it took me over a year to fully recover and I had to learn the basics again such as walking and getting out of bed. It was a very painful...Read More
5 Self Care Tips for those with Scoliosis

5 Self Care Tips for those with Scoliosis

5 Self Care Tips for Scoliosis Over the past year, I have been living life on full speed, and as a result, have recently made myself pretty ill and run down. This has been very frustrating for me, as I've not been able to run or do the things I enjoy for a while. But this forced rest has made me realise something. That although I have been trying to focus on myself over the last 8 months or so...Read More
Interview with Freya – founder of Back the Back Walk for Scoliosis

Interview with Freya – founder of Back the Back Walk for Scoliosis

Hi Freya! Tell me a bit about yourself and your scoliosis history, how old were you when you first diagnosed and how did you feel at the time? Hi Louise! I am the founder and organiser of Back the Back Walk. I'm from Buckinghamshire, I have just turned 20, I finished school two years ago, and I am going to Durham University this September to study Music, first study voice. I was diagnosed with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis when I was...Read More
Inspiring Scoliosis Instagram Accounts: My Top 10

Inspiring Scoliosis Instagram Accounts: My Top 10

Inspired by my own Instagram obsession, I thought I'd list my top Scoliosis Instagram Accounts to follow.  I must admit, I am a little addicted to Instagram at the moment! Apart from Pinterest, Instagram is the main social platform that I use to try and raise awareness of this blog and scoliosis in general (shameless plug - you can follow me on Instagram here!) The thing about Instagram is, it can be incredibly inspiring IF you follow the right accounts....Read More
Scoliosis Awareness Day 2019: Back the Back Walk

Scoliosis Awareness Day 2019: Back the Back Walk

This Scoliosis Awareness Day (June 30th, 2019) I'm very excited to be taking part in the Back the Back Walk. This is an event organised by Freya, who also has scoliosis, to raise awareness of scoliosis, as well as some much needed funds for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity and Scoliosis Campaign Fund. The RNOH Charity raises money to help the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore provide world-class care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and to support the hospital's pioneering...Read More
10 Gift Ideas for those with Chronic Back Pain

10 Gift Ideas for those with Chronic Back Pain

As Christmas is approaching, I thought I’d put together a quick post with some gift ideas if you are buying for somebody who suffers with scoliosis or any kind of chronic back pain. These are just a few things that have helped me over the years and may make a thoughtful gift if you are struggling with what to get. Of course, the usual treats like chocolate and perfume also work well :) 10 Gift Ideas for Chronic Back Pain...Read More
Active Posture: Review

Active Posture: Review

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post but I was gifted the Active Posture 2.0 shirt to try. All thoughts and opinions are my own and this review has not been influenced by the company. Active Posture Clothing: Review I was recently contacted by a company called Active Posture - they had read my blog and thought that myself and my readers might benefit from trying their Active Posture 2.0 shirt. Personally, I had never heard of posture clothing but...Read More
Your Scoliosis Stories: Rachel’s Story

Your Scoliosis Stories: Rachel’s Story

In the spirit of scoliosis awareness month, I have another amazing inspirational scoliosis story to share from one of my lovely readers :) The latest story comes from Rachel, who shares her brave journey with scoliosis below. If you'd like to share your scoliosis story to be featured on this blog, please do get in touch! Your Scoliosis Stories... Rachel's Story I think anyone with scoliosis will agree with me when I say that it's unforgettable the minute you have...Read More