In 2010, Louise underwent surgery to correct the curvature in her spine. To mark the 5th anniversary of her surgery, Louise has published this article on her personal blogspot site detailing her fantastic achievements post surgery. Not only has Louise found the benefits of running helping her cope with her scoliosis, but she has also recently graduated from University with an MSc in Digital Marketing Communications – with Distinction no less!! Her site has a number of interesting articles telling her scoliosis story from surgery to today; it’s well worth a visit.
This is Louise’s Story.
5 years post op
|Me a few weeks after surgery|
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 were possible. It just takes time and patience.
I continue to push myself, and this week I graduated from University for the second time, with an MSc in Digital Marketing Communications (with distinction), which I have been studying towards for the past three years.
In the few months since finishing my MSc, I have also really got into running and I feel fitter and healthier than ever. In May this year year I completed my first ever 10K race for Cancer Research, in June I completed a 5K fun run (Run or Dye – really fun!) and I’ve just signed up to complete a 5K run in Manchester in September to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.
I am surprised that running doesn’t hurt my back and in the past I have always avoided it for fear of causing myself damage or causing pain. When I first started it did feel a bit strange – but now it feels fine and my fitness has improved immensely over the past few months.
I’m not saying everyone with scoliosis can / should do running (you should always check with your doctor/specialist) BUT I’m saying that having scoliosis should NEVER hold you back, or stop you from trying something, and that you should always feel like you can do anything you put your mind to.
After 5 years, yes I get the odd bad pain day, but on the whole I feel better than ever and my flexibility has also continued to improve, which after surgery I didn’t think would be possible.
I don’t know how long this will last and whether I’ll get more pain in the future but as a result, I am determined to enjoy my life while I can and I will always continue to push myself to achieve for as long as I am physically able to.
|Taking part in Run or Dye 5K in June 2015|
Here’s to the next five years!