Scoliosis Awareness Month
by Vicki Locey
Sometimes grandmothers are seers and don`t even know it.
The other day my daughter, who is now eighteen and recently graduated from high school, had a hankering to watch some old home videos. She does this periodically, and her dad and I are always happy to sit and watch the days gone by. In one video, when she was perhaps five, the camera is fixed on her walking towards us. My mother-in-law can be heard jokingly calling, “You keep walking on this side hill, you`ll end up with one leg longer than the other.”
After hearing that my daughter looked at us dumbstruck. We looked at her, our mouths agape.
Who knew. That is exactly what happened. Of course, it wasn`t the hill that we live on that made my daughter`s right leg a quarter of an inch shorter than her left. It was simply the way her skeleton developed. Sadly, the uneven legs have thrown her hips out of alignment, and have given her a slight case of scoliosis. Her curvature of the spine was detected when she was young, and after several trips to a highly respected pediatric orthopedic surgeon in our area, she was lucky enough to not require a back brace.
She does require a lift in one shoe, and will for the remainder of her life. The scoliosis nags at her sometimes, as does the uneven hip, making standing for long periods of time extremely uncomfortable. Running in gym was especially difficult, often leaving her in pain for days afterwards. We were lucky to find a superb chiropractor nearby who has helped her tremendously by not only working on her back, but by teaching her exercises to help strengthen her back while helping to alleviate some of the pain of her curved spine.
We are quite thankful that her condition is a mild one. Even with such a slight curvature, she will always suffer from the condition, and her life will be compromised to some extent. June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month. I know firsthand how this disease can hamper, and sometimes cripple, a person and their dreams. Please, make sure to have your children checked early, help educate your community about how prevalent scoliosis is, and if possible, donate what you can to scoliosis research. Perhaps someday we can supply quality care for all victims of spinal deformity.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs, anything romantic, Greek mythology, New York Rangers hockey, comic books and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a steer named after a famous N.H.L. goalie, a pig named after a famous President, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.
V.L. is a self-published and conventionally published author. She is a proud Torquere Press and Secret Cravings Publishing author. When not writing romantic tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads.
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