An early memory was me looking in the mirror and checking the curves on my back as a child. Even then I knew something wasn’t right that when my shoulders were extended and straight, my back wasn’t.
I’d constantly stand and tilt myself round, so that I could see my back in the mirror. Although I had slight suspicions about the curvature, I dismissed the thought because it had never been mentioned, so I must be wrong. Throughout my childhood, it was something I would constantly go back to, then dismiss because that couldn’t be right, could it?
Perhaps deep down I knew I was right unconsciously, but didn’t want to be right. Then at the age of 25 and my last check up with a new Specialist, my suspicions were confirmed. A mild curvature is exactly what I had been living with for all those years, as part of having Cerebral Palsy, which I didn’t even know I had.
Although having Scoliosis diagnosed at 25, psychologically it didn’t register with me until a lot later on.