”It was a lot of fun because color runs are fun,” Looker said, describing the event that includes throwing packets of dyed cornstarch into the air to cover the crowd with colors, “but it was a lot more fun actually getting to talk to the people who actually have scoliosis.”
Looker said she bonded with the girls over things she didn’t have in common with her other friends, like how irritating it is when the metal on their braces would catch on something and rip a hole in a shirt and trading jokes about which parent puts on their braces the tightest. Suddenly she wasn’t so alone.
”I think she has been very dedicated to her treatment as far as wearing her brace as many hours as she has to,” said Looker’s mother, Julee. “I think when she found the Curvy Girls, she was really excited to be a part of that support group and in addition be supportive of others in the area.”
While the Curvy Girls Indiana chapter is still in its planning stages before it holds its first official meeting, Looker said she has already corresponded with two girls interested in joining, one from Logansport and another from Fort Wayne.
Looker said the meetings will address topics like advice on how to adjust your brace when it’s uncomfortable and provide encouragement and support for girls who may be getting ready to have surgery.
Looker is happy to say her latest brace is improving her spine to the point where she only has to wear it 10 hours a day, a number that will decrease in the future until she won’t have to wear it at all.
Even after she’s through with the brace, that won’t stop her from being involved with the support group, she said.
”Afterward, since I’m a leader for it and since there aren’t many people I have for my group yet, I think it’s important to stay as a leader to help other girls who have braces and may have to have surgery,” she said.
Learn more: To find out more about the Indiana chapter of Curvy Girls, contact Madison "Madi" Looker at email@example.com or visit curvygirlsscoliosis.com.