Growing up with scoliosis I struggled with self-image every day. I was like a turtle in a shell. I wore a back brace twenty two hours a day, seven days a week. Making matters worse, I had rail road tracks across my teeth. Kids made fun of me and I was often bullied me. It was never directed towards my braces, it was directed towards my overall appearance, which wasn’t “cool” or “hot” back then. Not only did I have to deal with that, but I was also teased for my facial appearance as well. I’m from the North, so I have strong features. I have a very prominent nose, chin, jaw line, and high cheek bones. Never in my life did I see that as a good thing until recently…read more about Crystal Eastman.
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