I usually don’t care about Royal Weddings and all that stuff but this one actually matters to me. Why? One word: scoliosis. Princess Eugenie has scoliosis and she got the surgery done when she was 12 years old. At her wedding with Jack Brooksbank in the UK, she wore a wedding dress that intentionally exposed her scoliosis scar.
Scoliosis isn’t a well known condition but it should be and there are a lot of people in the world that has it including me. I’ve got scoliosis for life. I’ve got my scoliosis surgery done when I was 11 or 12, I think but I was pretty young. It’s mostly young children that get scoliosis surgery done. I got the Harrington rod fused to the spine. I have no bone on the spine, it’s all made of metal. Before the major surgery, I was having a lot of back pain and my curvature was really bad so I had no choice but to get the Harrington rod to improve my posture and get rid of the back pain.
I can’t remember how long I was in the hospital for but it was a long time. It was brutal but worth it. After the surgery, I couldn’t get out of bed most of the time, I was throwing up a lot, in order to eat I had to get fed by the nurses, etc. It’s a long story but I’ll keep it short for now.
After I got out of the hospital, I wasn’t allowed to play sports, couldn’t do anything physical and couldn’t lift heavy things for a long while. I had to wear a brace through high school and all that stuff which wasn’t fun.
Now that I’m older, I now can do anything I want in life so I got into bodybuilding at a later age. I’m now in pretty damn good shape and can do all the heavy lifting I want to now. I used to be scared to be shirtless ’cause of my scoliosis and the scar but now I’m not afraid to show off the scar in front of everyone when I take my shirt off. I learned to love my body over the years. It was slow but I grew confidence into being half naked in front of everyone and I have no problem doing so. I still have a slightly crooked body still but not as bad as before the surgery. They couldn’t make me perfectly straight for whatever reason but I’m willing to take it.
It was kind of tough living like this over the years of my life but now I feel real good. I’m lifting weights in the gym and did my first powerlifting meet. I also became a musician over the years. This is why I kind of want to tell my story in a short documentary film for the internet. I want to help bring awareness to scoliosis and that’s what this is all about. I used to keep quiet about my scoliosis stuff but no more. It’s time to speak out and bring scoliosis awareness.