This morning I woke up to the story I am about to share with you below. It’s a truly inspiring story of a young girl called Lauren and her life with scoliosis. I read this story first to myself and realised how lucky my own tale of #LivingWithScoliosis has been, I’ve not been through half of what Lauren has; and yet she has such a positive attitude. I then read the story to my colleagues at work, all of whom pretty much teared up after hearing Lauren’s story. She is an extremely brave girl and an inspiration to everyone with scoliosis, especially those just about to undergo surgery.
This is Lauren’s Story in her words.
I found out I had scoliosis when I was about 13/ 14 in 2009… I had many many x rays and check ups before eventually they told me that I needed to have surgery or the curve was only going to get worse quickly. After a lot of crying and hard decisions in April 2013 I had two 5 hour operations to straighten and fuse my spine.
They broke and removed part of my rib and deflated my lung to insert a chest drain to drain the blood and I couldn’t move for the next 6 days, having to be turned over in bed every hour by a nurse. I also spent 2 nights in the high dependency unit which was so scary. 6 days later they screwed 19 screws and 2 titanium rods into my spine to straighten it. After 16 days in hospital, loads of x rays and needles, physio to help me learn to sit, stand and walk again I was finally able to go home wearing a full back brace where it took over another month to recover and be able to leave my bed. I also grew 2 and a half inches in height!
2 years on I am so so grateful that I had the operation, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do by far but I have learned to love my 2 huge scars and am just content knowing that my spine is almost straight and I won’t end up in a wheelchair by the age of 40 odd like I would have done had I not gone through with the operation.
I am proud of how far I have come and although my back still hurts at times I’m so grateful and amazed at how one clever surgeon and his team have changed my life.
💙💜 Everybody with scoliosis is brave and beautiful and people should know about the struggles we have been through!
Lauren can be found on Twitter @LaurenGouldingg