My name is Ellie and I have scoliosis. In 5th grade, the school nurse sent a note home to my parents suspecting I might have scoliosis. We went to the doctor a few times, but they said nothing needed to be done. But in 8th grade, that changed. I went to a specialist and now I wear a body brace 23/7. But, there's more to me than just scoliosis.
I'm a Log Roller
Go ahead and laugh--it's true! I compete all summer long. Log rolling requires me to balance my body in order to stay on the log. That means my brain is constantly telling my muscles to stay in the right place. This helps correct my scoliosis. Logrolling has been my escape--it's something good for me that I don't have to do in my brace. Maybe that's why I practice so much?
Here is a picture of me rolling on the river, and another with Leah Stanton, one of the top ranked women's professional log rollers, who really inspires me.
Scoliosis Runs in My Family
My sister, Anna, has scoliosis, too. Anna is also an accomplished log roller--we train together and keep each other motivated to keep fit. She loves horses and soccer. We don't always get along, but I love that my best friend lives in the room next door.
Photo used with permission Richard Magnone 2013
I Love to Travel
My favorite place to visit is England, because half of my family lives there. We stay with family and friends, and travel to cool places like Llandudno, Wales, where we rode a cable car to the top of a mountain. And Covent Garden in London, where they have street performers who juggle chainsaws. Winchester is a historical city and I love to shop at the market.
I went to Mexico on a mission trip with my church and we put roofs on two houses. They have cement roofs, so it was so much work! But the families were incredible to get to know, and knowing that I helped change their lives, changed me.
My dad is a windsurfer, so I learned to windsurf young. Everyone in my family does it, except my mom. She once rode straight into a into a dock and wrecked her sail, but I think that's just an excuse so she can take pictures of the rest of us. My favorite thing about windsurfing is "going with the flow".
I have a Job
Several jobs, actually. I garden, babysit, clean houses and teach log rolling. There's no time to be bored at our house. I like working because I make money, and I'm learning new skills all the time. Between work, working out, family and friends, there's not a second to spare.
I Love My Family
My family isn't perfect, but they are my #1 support and we stick together through thick and thin.
I'd love to hear from you! I check my email at least once a week, so if you want to contact me, send me an email and I will get back to you as soon as I can. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Click here to go to Brace Yourself to see the process I went through to be fitted for my brace.