5 Years Post Op ♡


♡ 24/6/15 ♡
On this day 5 whole years ago I underwent a major 10 hour spinal surgery to correct my 85 degree curve. 24 screws and 2 titanium rods were placed into my back to fuse the vertebrae and 6 ribs  
were removed. Recovery was not easy, it was tough and extremely painful. My life is so different now and I will be forever thankful to my surgeons, the doctors and nurses who helped me learn how to walk again and adjust to a new way of living. 5 years on I still experience pain every day and I will do for the rest of my life but I know my limitations now and although I had to give up my dream of becoming a dancer, I count my blessings as I can walk and be able to do things I never could before.

No one tells you how much this takes a toll mentally and the psychological effects of scoliosis. My spine will never be like those who don’t have scoliosis, I will always have my curve but I embrace that. It used to take over my life and although I will always be self conscious of my uneven shoulders, hips and how my back looks overall as it isn’t deemed as “normal”, I am still so proud to look into the mirror and see a scar that tells a story of a 13 year old who went through so much and is still standing today at 18. It’s taking a lot of my strength but I’m still fighting.

- Aimee

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