Weʼre raising £1,600 to fund 100 Scoliosis braces (1 brace at a time)
- Harthill, Sheffield
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Living with Scoliosis:
My name is Philippa Walker, I'm 15 years old and I live in Sheffield. I was diagnosed with Scoliosis when I was 11, but recently I was looking back over old photos, and realised I had it from the age of 5.
So, what is Scoliosis? It is a medical condition where the spine twists and curves to the side. So many people are misinformed about Scoliosis. It is not just your spine that is affected, it is also your breathing, heart, neck, walking and the ability to do anything.
Before I was diagnosed, I did a breathing exercise in my singing lesson which involved bending over. That was when we noticed I had a hump on my back.
There are many ways to treat scoliosis:
1) A Body Brace - It pulls your spine into the correct position. It is not supposed to correct your curve, it only prevents it from getting worse. I had to wear my SpineCor brace for 20 hours a day until I stopped growing. That was for 3 years. I also had to wear it at school, under my clothes, and sleep in it.
2) Operation - It is a lengthy process and this is only recommended for the most serious, unbalanced curves that have great potential to get worse. The operation consists of metal bars inserted next to your spine to hold it in place and to keep it straight. You will always have a scar and will not be as flexible.
3) Physiotherapy - This will also help, but it is mainly used after the operation.
How would I like to help? I am trying to raise awareness, so people with Scoliosis can be treated as soon as possible. In the UK, Scoliosis affects 3-4 children out of every 1,000, and can develop at any time during childhood and adolescence. It is thought as many as 5 out of 10 adults age 65 or over have some degree of Scoliosis. People need to catch signs of Scoliosis early, so their curve cannot progress. THIS IS IMPORTANT!
In Summer 2018 I stopped growing, meaning I could come out of my brace. My curvature was 36, now it is only 20 degrees. This is a great result because the brace was only to stop it from getting worse.
You can hardly tell that I have Scoliosis now.
I would like to say a big thanks to the orthotics department in the Children's Hospital in Sheffield. They have made me a normal person again.
If you could kindly donate even a small amount to this JustGiving page then it would be a huge help. The money that I raise will pay for 100 braces (each costing £1,600 including any adjustments and consultations) and will be donated to the Scoliosis Department in the Sheffield Children's Hospital. I am raising the money 1 brace at a time. I have already raised £312 and I hope to raise some more by singing in festivals and concerts.
This is my YouTube video that I have made about Scoliosis. Please watch it! :)
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Jun 24, 2019
Well done for getting involved with this project, to help other young people lead normal lives and fulfill their potential. You should feel proud of your achievments!
May 28, 2019
Great work Philippa! Hope you reach your target soon.
May 22, 2019
Well done with your fundraising Philippa
May 17, 2019
Keep up the good work Philippa
Rob and Silvia Hewett
May 7, 2019
Philippa, well done for your initiative and good luck with the fund raising.
May 3, 2019
Brilliant well done Philippa
May 2, 2019
Hope you reach your goal. Well done on your progress
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