Now the story of a girl who didn't want others to feel alone in their struggle with an abnormal curve in their spine.
"I was diagnosed with scoliosis and I felt really alone," said Julia Dayton. "And I knew that there were other people out there who had it. So I wanted to get together with them so I formed this, and we meet here once a month."
Dayton started the Curvy Girls support group several years ago for girls like her with scoliosis.
One local spine surgeon said almost nine out of ten scoliosis patients are young women like Julia. He said these types of support groups are great for young people dealing with a medical issue.
"The typical teenager looks at their parents and says, 'Mom, Dad, you don't know what it's like,'" said Dr. Fred Sweet from the Rockford Spine Center. "And so having the support groups where there are other kids having the same thing is really emotionally helpful to help them get through it. Give them advice."
If you want to become involved with he Curvy Girls Scoliosis Support Group (Northern Illinois Chapter), visit their website at www.CurvyGirlsScoliosis.com