A very logical person is what Jamilia considers herself. However, when she was first diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of twelve, she felt confused and convinced herself she misinterpreted the entire diagnosis.
As Jamilia’s curve grew over 110 degrees, she felt her self-esteem grow lower and lower. She responded by hiding her body with larger clothing and wearing her hair loose to hide her back.
Jamilia feels it is easy to feel alone when living with scoliosis. She recognizes that the condition affects not only one’s physical but mental health. She would like everyone who has ever been affected by scoliosis, regardless of curve magnitude, to know they can overcome moments of low self-esteem by uplifting and supporting each other. Jamilia shares her experience with inquisitive individuals daily by further detailing her life pre and post-operation. It is a conversation she is always open to having to help spread awareness of the spinal condition.
After taking a hiatus during the peak of her battle with scoliosis, dancing provides respite for Jamilia. She also enjoys spending time with her family as she feels they bring peace, joy, and happiness when with them.
“I’d like to see more research go toward the study of spinal deformities, especially scoliosis.”
Scoliosis does not result from carrying heavy items, sports, poor posture, or minor leg length abnormalities. In more than 80% of scoliosis cases, a specific cause is not known. Jamilia hopes to see a day when the scientific community determines the cause of scoliosis.