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DEREK IVY - COPING WITH SCOLIOSIS Aitcheson C 1996 Guest Editorial Ready to straighten up This common condition that contorts spine and self-image is correctable Cosmopolitan Feb 116-120 SUMMARY Gracefully the statuesque Southern belle walked toward the stage each delicate step bringing her closer to the moment shed been dreading After seven years as a beauty-pageant contestant she was facing her first swimsuit competition about to perform a 360-degree turn wearing only a one-piece bathing suit heels and a smile Although it was a significant portion of the competition she executed the twirl a bit too fast because she didnt want the judges to scrutinize a scar that ran the entire length of her spine the result of an operation eleven years earlier to correct scoliosis In the end neither her imperfect pivot nor flawed posterior seemed to matter Michelle Mauney twenty-five won the swimsuit competition and the title of Miss North Carolina USA 1995 I was scared and self-conscious until the instant the winner was announced recalls Michelle Walking around in a bathing suit in front of all those people was the hardest thing Id ever done but it really boosted my confidence and made me feel normal for the first time in my life No one knows exactly what causes scoliosis but since the disorder seems to run in families researchers have long suspected genetics play an important role Less- common causes include vertebral birth defects and neuromuscular diseases such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida What is scoliosis A chronic progressive condition affecting approximately 2 percent of the population Typically it strikes girls between ages ten and fifteen causing their backbones to bow from side to side rather than grow in a straight line from neck to tailbone Although not life-threatening if left untreated a misshapen spine may rotate constricting rib cage encroaching on lungs
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