I noticed that the post I did "The wonder of woman", seemed to be a popular choice for people to look up. Then I realised, it seemed to be popular because people were looking up Milwaukee Brace because clearly they had been diagnosed with curvature of the spine, just like I was!
Anyway, the first thing I did was say, "hello, I know you are wondering who the hell am I, your Mum asked me to come into see you because I went through what you are going through years ago and she thought it might cheer you up!", to this poor young woman in her teens who was clearly uncomfortable having just gone through surgery). You know what, it did cheer her up. The first thing after, my opening hello that I did was say, "look", and I pulled off my top, turned around and showed her the approx 40 inch scar I have which runs down my spine! I said that she would be ok, I know it hurt a lot, but she would be fine, look here was me many years later, having found a handsome husband, had a beautiful son and lived a great life free from the taunts which I got when I wore the above contraption from the age of 10 until I was operated on at 13!
She was excited to hear this, and kept saying "oh, wow" (anaesthetic making this I am sure a much more exciting tale, but hey, maybe it will do the same for some other poor person going through what I did). I told her that having the Harrington rod would not stop her having kids, she might not be able to do a crab in gymnastics, but hey, unless she wanted a life in the circus not such a great loss! She laughed at that!
So, if you have Scoliosis whilst it is awful, and I know you feel like you are the only one, but remember you are not, others have been there and understand and can say that there is definitely a wonderful bright sun at the end of the tunnel waiting for you, you'll see.