"Everyone has something they struggle with, but some struggles are easier to hide. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age eleven. It started as a tiny curve of the spine and progressed during puberty. I was teased and kids whispered behind my back. I've even had someone yell at me from across the street, "What's wrong with you?"
I wore layers of clothing trying to hide my body from the world. I hated to see pictures where my scoliosis was evident. I hid from myself.
It has taken many years of overcoming the challenges of my scoliosis, proving to others that I'm not weak, trusting myself that I'm not ugly. As I turn 39 I am learning to embrace my body, love and accept it. It is still a struggle, but I'm on the right path".