For a few months I have been wanting to raise awareness for scoliosis as it has affected my life so much. If you don’t know, I underwent scoliosis surgery in 2016 to correct a 60-degree curve in my spine. I now know that if it was caught earlier I may have not had to undergo the surgery that had a massive impact on my life. Also, when I was diagnosed I had never heard of the condition and was extremely scared for the future. To prevent anyone from feeling this way and hopefully be diagnosed early I am trying to raise awareness of the symptoms and assure people that the future is bright. I also hope by sailing around the world I can inspire any scoliosis suffers that anything is possible even with the condition.
Last Thursday (28/06/18) we held a scoliosis awareness day at school (Southam College) to teach students about the condition, its symptoms and how to cope with it. This included a quiz that all students took part in during morning tutor and I ran a stall at lunch and break. Loads of students were very interested but many of them had never heard of the condition that affects around 3% of the population. In the following weeks we are sending a letter out to parents on how to diagnose Scoliosis. I am also hoping to run assemblies to share my story and inspire others.
Many thanks to Mr Samra (head teacher), Mrs Bradburn and Mr Bradbury for helping me to organise this awarness day.