Scoliosis sharing with My Doctors

Beginning of this year I was invited to be on a medical show called "My Doctors". Sound familiar? That's because "My Doctors" is adopted from the American talk show called "The Doctors"! "The Doctors" airs in the US, Canada Mexico and a few other countries. It is an hour long daytime program which is distributed in the US and globally as well. This program talks about health and medical issues and is hosted by a team of medical professionals. They usually invite guests or speakers or even celebrities onto the show to discuss various health-related topics and answer questions from viewers who are too shy to ask anyone, let alone their own doctors. 

In episode 26 of My Doctors, I was interview by Dr Liyana, a clinical physician, and Dr Zainal, a surgeon specialist, regarding my scoliosis. What it's like to live with scoliosis, be a competitive athlete and training with scoliosis, how I manage my pain and life after the operation. 

This episo…

1 year anniversary!

1 year and 1 week ago since my scoliosis operation! Been really happy and grateful that my operation has been so successful and I don't have anymore back pain! Started exercising a little bit since my last posting. And guess what! No pain!

Just a little recap about myself and my operation for the new readers. First of all, I would like to make it clear that whatever I write here is based on my own experience. This blog started because I didn't find many scoliosis warriors sharing their own experience. A lot were case studies by doctors which didn't interest me because the doctor's aren't the ones in the patient's shoes. I needed more first hand information. Information from a warrior themselves. 

So, about myself. I'm from Malaysia, a former national swimmer, Olympian and now working full time in the sports industry in Malaysia. I put my scoliosis operation on hold for 12 years as there were no doctors that could guarantee that I could make a comeback in s…

Me? Running? Really?

Almost a year post op! Everything is looking and feeling awesome! Sorry I haven't been updating my blog. Been really busy at work as I'm learning so many new things!

For those of you who don't know, I started working full time since September last year. Got a job in a sports marketing company. Yup! Something to do with sports. My role is mainly to manage athletes. So many new things to learn for me right now as before this, I was the athlete and didn't know much about what goes on 'behind the scenes' but now I see everything. From approaching clients, to arranging photo/video shoots, to scouting for new talent, and the list goes on and on. It's been an amazing journey so far and little did I know that I've already been working for 8 months! No wonder I'm feeling like I'm in need of a vacation. Lol.

Back to my life post op, I haven't been doing much exercising since I stopped going for rehab last August. I do walk my dog twice a day everyday…

Level 29!

Wow! What a year it has been for me. Let me recap a little on what has happened:
Had a job for 3 months. Decided to resign as I got confirmation about my operation. Watched Coldplay live in Bangkok.Finally had my scoliosis operation done after putting it on hold for 12 years!Recovery was long but to be honest, I don't remember much of the pain that I went through. But it was definitely the best decision I've made on getting the operation done. Although I couldn't represent my country at the 29th SEA Games which was held in my country, I managed to get a job as media manager during the games and (of course) I covered all aquatic events! 😄Got a job in one of the world's most successful sports marketing agencies - Dentsu. Blessed to get this job as the team here is awesome! 7 (no this wasn't planned for no. 7 😝) and a half months after my op I feel fucking totally amazing! My back doesn't hurt at all. No nagging or sharp pain like before. I can now enjoy cooking…

Post op 6 months!

Post op 6 months! Wow time flies when you're enjoying life. But then again, my operation kinda feels like a life time ago as well. Lol
So, lets recall back what happened in the last 6 months  I finally got my scoliosis operation done after putting it on hold for 12 yearsThe first 2 months of recovery were really difficultThe right side of my lumbar was so painful because they 'stretched' out my muscle after the operationMy new best friend is my hot packSome how I managed to pull my groin within the first month even though I was moving at slower than turtle speed.  Everyday I felt little improvements in my recoveryMy swimsuits are a little tighter now (thank goodness not my pants that feels tighter! Lol)I 'grew' 4.5 cm!!! I'm really happy with my decision to have the operation and the results that I've gotten so far. And so, I present to you...*drum roll*... MY BATTLE SCAR!!! 

A 10 inch long scar running from T10-L4 right down the middle of my back. No more …

Swimming with scoliosis

"Swimming with Scoliosis" - that was my topic during the Sports Medicine Australia conference last week. Every fourth year, this conference will be some where out of Australia and this year it happened to be in Langkawi! Great place and even greater conference. It was the first time I was invited to be a speaker at such a big huge event.

As you know, I was a former competitive swimmer and only decided to have my operation done recently as no surgeon could guarantee that I could go back into competitive swimming. Putting my surgery on hold also meant that my scoliosis would get worst as the years passed. But this was a risk I was willing to take because of my swimming career. At the end of the day it all turned out really well for me. Soon it will be 6 months since my operation and all that I've been through has most definitely been worth it. 

A huge THANK YOU to Sports Medicine Australia for having me at your conference. It was definitely an amazing opportunity for me.

I can tie my shoelace!

Do you ever think about your back everyday? Not really? Yup, I'm like that, or rather, was like that too. I'll only think of my back when it's hurting or when I need to lift something heavy from the ground. Even stuff like bending over the sink to brush my teeth or bending down to tie my shoelace was never a big deal. And then my operation happened...

I could hardly move much after my operation. I felt like I had this huge flat board tied to my back and it was hard walking around with it. I had to use a mug to brush my teeth, couldn't do the dishes (cause even that slight bending forward would feel uncomfortable/painful), couldn't cut my toe nails, even coughing was a pain! Don't even talk about sneezing..that was just..HELL!!

But with every passing day, I felt a lot better. Slowly my flexibility started coming back and I had more range of motion. And one fine day...I could bend down to tie my shoelaces! 😂 It may sound very dramatic but trust me, once you hav…