The curve in her spine increased from 23 degrees (left picture) to over 43 degrees (right picture) in less that 6 months. Now it was time for the brace.
In the picture to the right, she is wearing the BraceBuddies body sock with the brace that is in the photo above.
How Brace Buddies body sock was created...
Anastasia started wearing a scoliosis (TLSO/Boston) back brace when she was 13 years old. Immediately after getting the brace we started shopping for something she could wear under the new brace.
As any brace wearer knows, you must be very careful what goes under the brace. If the brace is not coverd in every area that touches the skin, the skin will become very agitated and raw and may result in sores.
The brace came up so high under the arms and across the chest that all the tank tops we found left exposed skin contacting the brace. All we could find to cover the areas of the skin touching the brace were t-shirts.
All the shirts we found left large creases in the skin causing indents that were very itchy. None of the shirts were a good fit no matter the size. The material was itchy and prickly regardless of what it was. She would get sores and rashes from everything. But this is all there was.
She wore a t-shirt under the brace to protect the skin, then another t-shirt over the brace to cover the top of the brace. Now you could see the t-shirt under and the t-shirt over as well as the outline of the brace. This did not look good and caused a great deal of frustration!
We realized it was not only impossible for her to be comfortable in the brace but also no way she could wear any "normal" clothes while wearing the brace. She was now forced to wear these itchy t-shirts every day. And no matter the weather, she wore a hoodie to try to cover up the t-shirt layers and brace.
I looked at her on a beautiful warm day and my heart broke seeing her wearing the two t-shirts, the brace and the hoodie. She was so hot and uncomfortable. It was clear something must be done.
We searched and searched everywhere in stores and on line for anything else. Any other option.
All we found were more t-shirts or tank tops. Not good enough! It didn't matter what the t-shirt was made with, it is still a t-shirt. Even if the under-brace shirt was comfortable, it still would not look right with whatever was worn over the brace.
I had to do something!
So, that's when I thought of the Brace Buddies body sock! Anastasia could wear nearly whatever she wanted and not have to worry about the lower layers again. Brace Buddies offered both comfort from the high quality fabrics used and gave her back some style options.
Shopping was fun again!