𝙸𝚗 𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎, 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚜 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚜 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝. 𝚃𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚜 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚋𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚎𝚍, 𝚋𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚠𝚎𝚒𝚛𝚍 𝚠𝚊𝚢𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢’𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚞𝚕.𝙰𝚕𝚒𝚌𝚎 𝚆𝚊𝚕𝚔𝚎𝚛
I have a curved spine, scoliosis like my Father & Grandmother. Why did the Universe — God make me this way? So we can talk about it, share stories, empathize with one another. Because I am who I am, and every part of me, ever rod and screw inside of is functioning perfectly well.
It’s taken me till now, to feel less sorry for myself and more often wanting to talk about scoliosis, to learn more about it, know the terminology and share the experience of my surgery, recovery, self esteem, and mental health. So that I can advocate for myself and be aware when I’m not feeling well and make adjustments. Such as standing up straight with my shoulders back, purchasing shoes with the proper insoles and cushion, carrying pillows on trips and long car rides, being that person that is responsible for themselves because I’m worth it. For me, this is owning my curves.
I own my curves by hiding less, each time I wear a blouse or top that reveals my vertebrae, my back and hunch, I’m able to be more confident and talk to anyone who asks questions. Hiding less means I’m being unapologetically and authentic about who I am. I am beautiful just as I am.