So it’s nearly the end of another year and it’s got me thinking about how good of a year it’s been for my back and all the things I’ve managed to do. At the start of the year I was still doing physio, my back still felt weak and stiff and I was scared of doing things which might cause damage.

As the year progressed, I found myself gaining more strength and more confidence to push myself as I began to realise that I’m stronger and can do more than I first thought.

My scoliosis surgery gave me a new zest for life and one of my resolutions last year was to try new things and get as much as I can out of life, despite my back condition.

This year I have climbed mount Snowdon in Wales, which was very difficult and a huge personal challenge for me, travelled to Marrakech, Turkey and Denmark, bought my first car, taken up Zumba (which I never thought I’d be able to do post surgery) completed a web design course and started a Masters degree in digital marketing communications whilst working full time, which keeps me very busy! 2012 was also the year I was given the all clear by my surgeon that finally, after over 10 years of annual scoliosis checkups, I now no longer need to go back to the hospital for X-rays each year.

My back has also never felt stronger, although I still get the odd pain days, I don’t take painkillers as frequently anymore and I can now bend and pick things up more easily, although my grabber (like this one available from Amazon) still comes in handy especially when tidying things off the floor. I also still believe, even though it’s been two years since my surgery, that there is still a way to go and it will continue to improve over the coming months. 

The important thing is a couple of years ago my back condition consumed me, now I rarely think about it and get on with my life – and for that I am thankful.

I hope that in 2013 I can continue to push myself, aim high and not let my scoliosis hold me back, so to speak 😉

Happy new year!

Louise x

Inspirational Scoliosis Quotes

When I was recovering from scoliosis surgery, reading and sharing inspirational quotes helped me to stay positive.

Here are a collection of some of my favourite quotes that I think relate well to scoliosis, scoliosis surgery, pain and recovery. Please feel free to share any of these quotes on social media or your own blogs 🙂

Scoliosis Recovery Quotes 

You can’t see the view if you don’t climb the mountain.

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.
Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength. Napoleon Bonaparte

Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.

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Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those cards you hold well


Where there is no struggle, there is no strength – Oprah Winfrey


No matter how hard things may seem, don’t get down, and don’t give up. The clouds will clear, and there are brighter days ahead.

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It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up – Vince Lombardi


The way I see it, if you want a rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain – Dolly Parton


Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because it’s stormy now, doesn’t mean you aren’t headed for sunshine – Unknown.

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Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.


Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.

What does not kill me, makes me stronger.
You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.
Keep Going.
 Go ahead. Underestimate me.
I am Titanium.
Stars can’t shine without darkness.
Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others.
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
Scoliosis Pain Quotes
Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain. Bob Dylan
In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths. Drew Barrymore
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Pain is weakness leaving the body. Tera Lynn Childs
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. Kenji Miyazawa
Pretending to be happy when you’re in pain is just an example of how strong you are as a person

The pain of yesterday is the strength of today


Don’t judge people.


Scoliosis Scar Quotes

Scars show us where we have been, they do not dictate where we are going. David Rossi


Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.

Behind every scar, there is an untold story of survival.
Turn your scars into stars.
Your scars are someone else’s signs of hope.
Funny Scoliosis Quotes
Because sometimes, you’ve just got to laugh…
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Please feel free to comment and add your own! 🙂

Louise x

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