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Logan teen starts scoliosis support group

Logansport teen starts scoliosis support group

There’s an old phrase that states, “Real women have curves.” And while this Logansport teen has the kind of curves she’s working to get rid of, she’s trying to offer support to other teen girls going through the same thing.

Fourteen-year-old Madison “Madi” Looker was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12. Feeling confused and alone, a quick Internet search not only gave her an outlet to find support for herself, but a way to provide it to other teen girls with scoliosis across the state as well.

In January 2011, after experiencing pain on her back, Looker recalled her mother noticing two large lumps on her spine.

Following X-rays confirming it was scoliosis, Looker started treatment at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where she would spend the next two years returning regularly to get fitted for back braces.

”From then on it went pretty fast,” Looker said of the initial diagnosis. “That day when I went to Indianapolis, [the doctor] told me we were going to have to do a brace to keep my scoliosis under control. That day was pretty rough.”

Through a regimen dictated by her doctor, Looker gradually worked up the time spent in her brace until she was wearing it 22 hours a day. This had an impact on her participation in volleyball and softball and even forced her to sit out of some softball games during the summer. She would also grow out of her braces and have to get refitted for new ones as time went on.

In June of last year, she was told not only was her back not slowly becoming straighter as expected, but that the curves in her spine were actually getting worse.

Even with the support of her family and friends, Looker said the disorder proving to be ever more difficult to manage put her in a lonely state.

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