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
5 Reasons to Love your Scars

5 Reasons to Love your Scars

My scoliosis surgery left me with a huge scoliosis scar which runs down the length of my back. I for one am extremely proud of my scar and I never try to hide it. For me, my scar highlights what I have gone through and how far I have come in my battle with scoliosis. If you have a scoliosis scar, or any other kind of scar, you too should be proud of what it represents. Here are my 5...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

Update on me: shoulder issues

Hello :) I thought I'd write a post to update what is going on with my back right now - I can't believe I'm nearly 6 years post opp (eeeek!) So last year I started running, which I never thought I'd be able to do following scoliosis surgery. At one stage, I was running several times a week and managed to run a 10K race after only training for about 5 weeks. After this I was hooked. It felt great...Read More
5 things I do because of my scoliosis…

5 things I do because of my scoliosis…

1. I constantly look at my back When I'm at the gym, or walk past a shop window or mirror, I just can't resist sneaking a look at my back. Sometimes, I swear people think I'm checking myself out. I'm not, I'm just looking at my back. I can't help it. Post-surgery, sometimes it's admiration. As in, I can't believe how straight it looks from the side and that the rib hump is gone, even 5 years later! Although, other...Read More
Happy New Year…and thank you!

Happy New Year…and thank you!

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has emailed me and messaged me kind words about my blog this year, there's been so many lovely emails and I feel overwhelmed. It is really appreciated and it makes me feel so happy that people are actually reading my blog and it's helping people. I also want to apologise if there is anyone who has emailed me over the last 12 months and I haven't replied to...Read More
5 years post op

5 years post op

So this week it is five whole years since my scoliosis surgery. My life is very different from this time five years ago and it got me thinking about how far I've come since my surgery. If anyone reading this is currently facing the prospect of scoliosis surgery, or are in the early stages of recovery, I just want to reassure you that it DOES get easier and you WILL be able to achieve things post surgery you never thought...Read More
Body image

Body image

I've recently got back from a lovely holiday in Greece, and it got me thinking about how I felt about my back while I was on holiday. Ever since I was diagnosed with scoliosis, body image has been a difficult subject for me. All my body confidence issues seem to magnify by 1000 whenever I go on holiday and my back is on 'display' more. For me, post surgery, dealing with my body image hasn't got any easier. Pre-surgey I...Read More
10 tips for Scoliosis Pain Relief

10 tips for Scoliosis Pain Relief

This post contains affiliate links Luckily, since my scoliosis surgery I don't get too many bad pain days. In winter, the cold weather tends to cause an achy type pain and extra stiffness in my lower back, which for some reason I've noticed even more since my surgery. This is one of the reasons I detest winter, that and fear of slipping on icy ground. During winter, you'll usually find me with a hot water bottle or heat pad permanently...Read More
Pain days

Pain days

I don't like to post about pain too much as I don't want to put people off having this surgery, as I know that in many severe cases like mine, surgery is unavoidable. However, this is an honest blog about life after scoliosis surgery and if you need to have this surgery you will be interested in what it's really like living your life after this type of surgery. Today has been a bad pain day. Actually the past few...Read More
Does scoliosis surgery get rid of pain?

Does scoliosis surgery get rid of pain?

Does scoliosis surgery get rid of pain? I get asked this a lot and the answer, for me, is yes and no. People don't seem to understand why I am still in pain after I've had scoliosis surgery. I think they think that as my surgery was nearly two years ago that I should be 'recovered' and back to normal now - whatever that is. The truth is, that before my surgery my pain was much, much worse and I...Read More