Today, November 3rd, is Orphan Sunday. It is a Christian initiative to bring awareness to about 200 million children without families. http://orphansunday.org/about/ By giving, praying, and/or sharing these children can have families. Maybe a child with scoliosis can be adopted and then receive the medical attention he or she needs and deserves. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!?!? We all need to remember that children with scoliosis are also children with special needs.
As you may or may not know, I absolutely love the High School Musical movies, even at the age of 15. This was why I had to share a video from Dancing With the Stars on Monday. Each dancer had to dedicate their dance to the most memorable year of their life, and Corbin Bleu dedicated his to 2011, when his sister was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. Enjoy the video!
Spence looks ready to do HIS therapy! Hahaha! If Spence can do it, we can too!
” You need hope to cope.” – Rick Warren from The Purpose Driven Life
I came across another animal with scoliosis- an albino alligator! Now, it’s not just mammals with scoliosis. Reptiles can have it, too!
I’m sure everybody has heard or read Aesop’s Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Life can seem like the Hare much of the time- rushing past at the speed of light. Scoliosis, on the other hand, is slow and tedious like the tortoise. Wearing a brace EVERY day and then doing therapy EVERY night, can seem to drag on infinitely, while the rest of life rushes past us. This seems pretty miserable until you realize that life isn’t meant to go by in a blur. Life’s about the journey, and every second counts in that journey. When you have scoliosis, it is part of your journey. So, don’t wish for every second used doing therapy, getting x-rays, or wearing a back brace to rush by because in the end sometimes to get the best results we have to go slow and easy like the tortoise.
This weekend I had the fantastic opportunity to be able to speak at a state event on scoliosis. What made it even more special was that I had an amazing support group there to listen and smile at me in the crowd! My Aunt Lynn, Uncle Bill, Aunt Beth, Mimi, Mom, Dad, and little brother, Reid, were all there. I also had an extra special guest in the audience, Mary Lou Oliver, the Senior Program Director of Children’s Heathcare of Atlanta’s Scoliosis Screening Program. Thanks to their support and a lot of practice, I was able to make it through the speech without any stumbles or mishaps. Thanks guys!