View Full Version : Photos of Toni as a child, and now

7th April 2005, 01:46 AM
Hi everyone,

I thought I'd post some pics of myself as child, so you can see what my scoliosis was like when I was younger, and how brilliantly it has been treated :D

I was diagnosed way back in 1976 at the age of 6 months, with a double curve of about 62 degrees (thoracic) and 40 degrees (lumbar). I wore plaster casts and Milwaukee braces which held the curves until I was ten, when the top curve began to deteriorate rapidly.

I had my first fusion in January 1986, aged ten. By that time my top curve was 76 degrees. My surgeon Mr Edgar (one of the Ul's top scoli specialists, and a friend and colleague of Miss Mehta's) had predicted that I would need surgery around this age way back when I was about 5! I was fused from T1 - T12 with a Harrington Rod.

Following that surgery I wore a plast cast for six months to protect the fusion, then went brace-free for the next eight years. By the time I was 17 my lumbar curve had also started to deteriorate up to 55 degrees, so I had my fusion extended down to L3. Mr Edgar replaced the original Harrington with a longer one, and also inserted Zielke instrumentation. Again, I wore a Boston brace for six months to protect the fusion, and I've been brace/cast free ever since :D

I had a costoplasty done when I was 18, and another done four years ago in 2001. I *think* I had one done when I was ten, too....but I am not sure about that.

My curves are now stable at about 47 degrees / 37 degrees (give or take 5 degrees, I've had varying measurements but that's to be expected)

Anyway, here are pictures!

Here's me aged 5 (I'm the blonde!), with a smallish rib hump:


Me on my 7th birthday....:


This is my sister and me aged about 7 or 8, in my Milwaukee. It came out quite far at the back because it had to fit round my rib hump....most Milwaukees don't tend to come out that far.


This is me aged ten, five months before my first surgery. As you can see, I had a noticeable rib hump by then. My mother used to dress me in awful tent like dresses in an attempt to cover it up.....note to mothers: this doesn't work! :D


Finally, this picture was taken last year, and shows how very successful my treatment has been. No-one really notices that I've got anything wrong with my back and I am confident enough to wear low backed dresses like this one!


7th April 2005, 03:51 PM

Great pictures ! I must confess that Deirdre does wear a lot of tent dresses :angel:


7th April 2005, 07:43 PM
They're very reassuring pictures to us mums Toni. Thanks for sharing them.

So far I haven't dressed Erin in a tent-like dress, although am getting quite sick of seeing her in tracky bottoms. I'd love for her to wear jeans, but she just can't. Have to make do with dungarees and skirts!

7th April 2005, 08:12 PM
Wow! You look fantastic Toni!!!

7th April 2005, 10:21 PM
Those pics are really reassuring. your back looks great.

8th April 2005, 01:45 AM
Thanks for posting the pictures, Toni!

11th April 2005, 02:40 PM

Deirdre wears a lot of swing tops with leggings or shorts (depending on the season) and of course "tent" dresses. She looks absolutely adorable in them. She can't wear form fitting clothing because the cast will show through. Other "faux pas" are jeans and skirts. :-D


7th September 2005, 01:07 PM
Dear ToniBunny, you look fantastic! I am so thrilled for you. Who did your thoracoplasty? Wow! I am going to see my surgeon this Friday again. I will let you know how I go. After seeing these photos I feel greatly boosted in confidence to go ahead with this operation. Thanks ToniBunny. Take care, Deb. :-)

7th September 2005, 01:24 PM
Hi Deb,

Great! I'm so glad these photos have helped to reassure people, that's the reason I posted them :D Good luck with seeing your surgeon!

Toni xx

18th September 2005, 11:37 PM
Hi Toni

Thanks for showing your pictures, you look great.


11th October 2005, 05:27 AM
Is it just my PC that doesn't show the pictures? Have they been removed or do I have a problem?


11th October 2005, 09:37 AM
Originally posted by healthinjoy@Oct 11 2005, 03:27 AM
Is it just my PC that doesn't show the pictures? Have they been removed or do I have a problem?

They're still displaying fine as far as I can see.....anyone else having problems?

11th October 2005, 02:07 PM
I see the pictures this morning!!! (morning to me anyway... 7:07 AM).

I am jealous of the black dress! How absolutely wonderful that you can wear such a dress!!!

I agree on tent dresses and even big shirts. Clothes don't hide. I decided in my 20s that I was going to wear what I want—almost— because it can’t be hidden anyway. I do have to draw the line at clothes with spandex though... which everything seems to have... because they cling and show the awful truth too too well!!!

11th October 2005, 05:29 PM
Originally posted by healthinjoy@Oct 11 2005, 12:07 PM
I do have to draw the line at clothes with spandex though... which everything seems to have... because they cling and show the awful truth too too well!!!

Lol I don't have scoliosis and i won't wear spandex either. :-o It tells the awful truth in everyones case lol lol :rofl: :rofl:
Tonibunny you look fantastic! :-)
Gadget xx

12th October 2005, 11:52 AM
I agree with healthinjoy. Spandex is definitely a No No. However, I wear what I like. Really you can't hide scoliosis. you can only make it appear better. I also have raelly long hair.

Tonibunny, your pics are inspiring and you look great. I can't wait to get my ops so that I can get my confidence back.

I will also keep a picture diary of before and after so taht I can post for you all to see. It may give somone hope someday.


12th October 2005, 02:22 PM
Right, you cannot hide scoliosis. Long hair doesn't help me all that much because I also had a wry neck and the main neck muscle and tendons were removed from my left side when I was 7 months old. Because of that over the years the shoulder muscles on the right have over compensated and are larger than normal. On top of that I have more hair on the left side of my head so when my hair is long it tends to hang to the left and accentuate the gap left from the whole mess. Cut the hair short and I have a giraffe neck! So what do I do? I bite the bullet and march on and do what I feel at the time.... which is never short hair.... unless a hair dresser tricks me of course... then I'm stuck for a while. Anyway, we just gotta work with what we have. Such is life. ;-)

15th October 2005, 06:59 PM
Hi toni thanks for sharing your lovely photos.

Its reasuring to see that all the treatment can be successful

26th October 2005, 09:39 PM
Hi Toni
ive just seen your pics and i'm in shock , you look fantastic.It feels like an unbelievable relief to know that if my daughter's curve keep going that she can still end out with a back like that.I think that was why finding her with scoliosis was such a nightmare because my rib hump has annoyed me all my life.Im def interested in that op

28th October 2005, 10:54 PM
Wow Toni you look great! Thanks for sharing your pics.

29th October 2005, 02:49 PM
Toni.....just noticed i didnt comment on your pictures...I had looked at this thread before I am sure....! Your photos look fantastic! I see the way in most of them your tops fall off the side of ur shoulder (not sure which one....right maybe?) Mines always did that! I have been looking at some home videos of me when I was little....and i have been trying to figure out when you can notice it!

29th October 2005, 09:50 PM
as everyone has said, you look amazing!
your last photo - wow! u can hardly even tell u have scoliosis! :D
im jealous of ur confidence to wear backless dresses!

17th April 2006, 08:39 PM
*bumped* In case any of the Spinekids Milwaukee wearers I have been chatting to pop by :D

5th October 2006, 08:48 PM
Hi Tonibunny and everyone else too,
Tonibunny,your photos are very reassuring ! My daughter has congenital scoliosis which was discovered when she was 2 years old. Since then,she has been monitored on a regular basis for the last eight years. This morning she had her latest exam and the doctor is now recommending surgery. Without letting it be obvious to her, we are very nervous about our 10 year old daughter being operated on, and she is definetely freaked out by the idea of it. So I registered to this site, hoping to find out first hand from people who've already been through this, just exactly what to expect. So far,so good. And I'm that sure sharing this site with my daughter will help to ease her anxiety too. So thanks for posting your pics, Tonibunny. I hope my daughter's back will look as lovely as yours does after it's all said and done.

5th October 2006, 09:43 PM
Hi Gwen! Welcome to SSO :welcome2:

I'm really glad that you've found us, and that my photos have helped to reassure you :-) Whereabouts in the world are you?

I'm sorry to hear that your daughter has to have the surgery, but hopefully we can help to reassure her too! I had a great old time in hospital as a child and looked forward to the weeks off school/being spoilt rotten :D

5th October 2006, 10:19 PM
Hi Gwen


I'm sorry to hear to about your daughter but as toni says you've come to right place. We will give you and your daughter all the support and reassurance we can and try to answer any questions you may have

take care