Fathers, My Spine, and Why You Should Care

I figured I had to write something today, since it’s Father’s Day!  At least in a whole lot of countries.  Really it’s Fathers’ Day, but it’s just soooo hard to put apostrophes in the right place isn’t it?

Well, I won’t get myself started.  Father, since I’m sure you’ll be reading this, do know that you are amazing.  Amazingly patient, amazingly intelligent, and amazingly caring.  And I’m glad you’re my father and chose to be so.  You follow Our Father, and that’s why you’re so good at it.  I just want to say, thanks.  Everybody, applaud for my father right now. *INSERT APPLAUSE HERE*  And now I’ll applaud for yours.  *applauds*  Seriously, I did.  If there was anyone else in the basement, they would have looked at me funny and everything.

So earlier in the week I discovered something that takes place during the month of June and again, geez Louise, WHY DOES NO ONE TELL ME ABOUT THESE THINGS?  Anyway, I would like to point out that it is

National Scoliosis Awareness Month.

And here is why you should care.  First of all,  scoliosis is a condition where a person’s spine is curved from side to side.   Depending on how much it does so, it can cause pain, shortness of breath, and to an extent, limit mobility.  If it gets too serious, it can require surgery to correct it.  Why should you care?  Well, for the same reason people care about any medical condition: because people have it and it matters to them.

For example, I have scoliosis.  I try not to talk about it, because I don’t really want to think of myself as a sick person, but I do.  I wear a back brace to try and contain and partially reverse it, since I’m not done growing yet.  And yeah, it does hurt sometimes, but I’m doing fine.

I’m not saying that you should care any more than you care about cancer or muscular dystrophy, but all of these and more are things that many patients and families have to deal with.  And I know it’s hard to empathize when you aren’t the one with scoliosis, but I figure since it’s National Scoliosis Awareness Month, I should tell people “Hey, here’s what this is.”  That way people know, and care, and the next time I tell someone I have scoliosis, they won’t say “Oh, what’s that?  It sounds painful.”

So do pray for all patients struggling with any disease or condition, and especially those who are dealing with corrective surgery for scoliosis.  And remember, they’re normal people, not just bendy spine freaks.  I promise I will write some more posts about scoliosis this month, more upbeat ones.  I’ve got lots of ideas right now…

Happy Sunday, Happy Fathers’ Day, and a Healthy last half of NSAM.  And if anyone knows of a website that will tell me when things like Towel Day and NSAM and Tau Day are coming up pleasepleaseplease leave it in the comments.  DFTBA.