Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week

Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week

Did you know, that the 18th - 24th October is Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week? I wasn't aware of this until recently, but it really resonated with me, so I wanted to write a bit about my own experiences around this topic. What is an invisible disability? According to Scope, there are over 14 million disabled people in the UK. The majority of these are not "visible" to other people. Invisible disabilities may include conditions such as mental health conditions, hearing/vision...Read More
Be Kind To Yourself: 20 Positive Scoliosis Quotes

Be Kind To Yourself: 20 Positive Scoliosis Quotes

I personally love a good uplifting quote or affirmation. For this post, I have listed my favourite positive scoliosis quotes that I can apply to my own experiences with scoliosis. If I've learnt anything over the years when dealing with my scoliosis, it's this. Be Kind to Yourself. Scoliosis can be difficult to live with at times. It can be painful, uncomfortable and isolating. However, it's all about mindset. A positive mindset can do wonders for your self-esteem and self...Read More
Scoliosis and Mental Health: My Story

Scoliosis and Mental Health: My Story

It's World Mental Health Day on 10th October, which got me thinking about how scoliosis has impacted my own mental health. What many people don't realise, is that scoliosis is more than a back condition. Depending on severity and location of curve(s), scoliosis can cause physical deformity, pain, neurological issues, breathing, digestive problems, and more. It is also a chronic condition, meaning it cannot be cured and it can also be progressive in severe cases. All this is not to...Read More
5 ways to look after your back when working from home

5 ways to look after your back when working from home

As more people are working from home amidst the COVID19 pandemic, looking after your back and minimising resultant back pain is more important than ever. Even if you don't have scoliosis or any pre-existing back conditions, sitting down at a desk all day can cause no end of aches and pains. I've been working from home since mid March and it really does not help my back sitting down all day. I thought I'd share 5 tips that I have...Read More
Scoliosis Awareness Month: 10 Years Post op!

Scoliosis Awareness Month: 10 Years Post op!

I can't believe I'm writing this, but next month, I'm 10 years post scoliosis surgery! Where on earth did that time go? As it's Scoliosis Awareness month, I have made a YouTube video where I talk about how I'm feeling now at 10 years post op, as well as reflecting on some of the things I have managed to achieve post surgery. I honestly cannot believe how far I've come and all the things I've managed to achieve. To celebrate...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
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
Personal Update: Today’s hospital appointment

Personal Update: Today’s hospital appointment

Hello :-) I thought I'd write a quick post to update how things are with my back at the moment. Those of you who follow my blog may know that I've been suffering with leg numbess for a while now. I worked it out and it's been almost a year now that I've had numbness down my right leg. I'm not getting any pain, it's just numb which is weird. I have been waiting for MONTHS now for an appointment...Read More
7 Years Post Op

7 Years Post Op

Well, I can't believe that on Saturday I will be 7 YEARS post my scoliosis surgery!!! Time really does fly. I always feel reflective around this time as I think about what I went through and how far I've come.  So, to celebrate the 7 year anniversary of my titanium spine, I thought I'd write a post to sum up what life is like for me 7 years post op. How is my back at 7 years post op? The...Read More
5 things I wish I could tell my 14 year old self about scoliosis

5 things I wish I could tell my 14 year old self about scoliosis

I will never forget the day I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I was 14 years old and until that day, had never had anything medically wrong with me. I was a normal teenager going about my life. I didn't even know what scoliosis was. The day I was diagnosed with scoliosis was the day my life changed forever. At 14, I thought it was the end of the world. I thought my life was over and that I'd be in...Read More
Personal update: Physio this week

Personal update: Physio this week

Hello, Just thought I'd write a quick post to update on me and my lovely new symptom I've been getting recently - leg numbness. I first noticed that I had numb patches running down my right leg about 6 months ago. I went to see a Dr who wasn't much use and told me it was probably related to my scoliosis surgery (that I had almost 7 years ago) and to come back if it got worse. I do have...Read More
Things you CAN do with a fused spine!

Things you CAN do with a fused spine!

Since my scoliosis surgery almost 7 years ago, I have achieved SO many things that I never thought would be possible post surgery.  As scoliosis is in the news right now (as a result of Britain's Got Talent) and in some cases being portrayed rather negatively, I thought I would try and put a positive spin on things. I wanted to share my achievements post scoliosis surgery to prove that there IS life after scoliosis surgery! Once recovered, your scoliosis...Read More
5 ways to describe scoliosis pain

5 ways to describe scoliosis pain

5 ways to describe scoliosis pain Living with a chronic back condition such as scoliosis is tough. But what does it really feel like living with scoliosis? What does scoliosis pain feel like? For those of us that live everyday with the condition, it can be hard to explain to those close to us how it feels. It can be difficult for others to understand what it's really like. I tend to just get on with things and I try...Read More

One step forwards, two steps back…

In the main, I really try to be positive on this blog and inspire others. I also want to be honest and reflect what it's really like living with scoliosis. There are good days and bad days and well, tonight if I'm being honest, I'm feeling really fed up. Leg Numbness For the past 6 months or so I've been getting numbness down my right leg and into my foot. It's not painful, it's just numb and my right leg...Read More
5 #SpinalFusionProblems

5 #SpinalFusionProblems

Don't get me wrong, I'm 100% glad that I had scoliosis surgery and now, six years on, I'm definitely better off than I was before. However, if you've had scoliosis surgery (and have a long fusion like me) you may be able to identify with some of these 5 awkward #spinalfusionproblems... 1. Pulling a muscle trying to paint your toenails (or fasten your strappy sandals!) Photo by Lum3n from Pexels It's not that I CAN'T paint my toenails or fasten my strappy sandals,...Read More