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lisanicole
11-10-2010, 11:26 AM
Hey friends.

Today is a very special day for me. 10 years ago on this 10th day of November I was going in for my scoliosis surgery. I can't believe it has been 10 years!!!

In celebration of my 10 year mark, I got a tattoo last friday right next to my scar. I got the words "grace like rain" (http://twitpic.com/35mpmv). These words are lyrics from a version of Amazing Grace, and the title of a song I wrote as well. It is also my middle name (grace). I wanted to get these words tattooed on my back because I truly feel like God's grace brought me through my surgery, and the recovery, and is a huge part of life living with a fused spine!

As I have mentioned before I am a singer/songwriter and I have a song that I wrote about my journey with scoliosis called "This Scar." I am currently in the midst of recording my first full length album and this song will be on it. Since it's not completely finished, I wanted to share with you the video I made two years ago of the song on my youtube channel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GFUvQG-7ks

Anyways I just really wanted to share this with you guys because it feels like a big day and I thought you all would understand. My friends & family celebrate with me, but don't TOTALLY get it. Every other year I pretty much let the day pass without even remembering it's significance, but not this year!

Hope you're all doing really well!

Thanks.

KathK
11-10-2010, 12:52 PM
First, CONGRATULATIONS on your 10 year anniversary!

Second, you are a beautiful and talented young woman and I thank you for sharing your song with me through the forum...it brought tears to my eyes...

Favorite line of your song "it's okay to be scared, as long as you're prepared to learn how strong you are"....

I hope my scar looks as good as yours does... some day :-)

mgs
11-10-2010, 12:52 PM
Happy Anniversary!!!

TEN YEARS is certainly a milestone worthy of reflection and celebration!!!!

Have an amazing day!!!!!

CHRIS WBS
11-10-2010, 01:06 PM
Thatís great, Lisa. I canít even see your scar. You are one very talented young lady.

Mojo's Mom
11-10-2010, 01:21 PM
Wow, Lisa Nicole, thank you for sharing this, and congratulations on your milestone!

The song, and your voice, are beautiful, and brought me to tears. You are right that no one else really "gets it", and even I don't...yet...but I will when the time comes. Let us know when your CD is out.

And even though I haven't had surgery yet, I have scars inside from nine years with a Milwaukee brace, and my scoliosis has in many ways defined my life. Which now inspires me to start another thread on that question.

Thank you.

golfnut
11-10-2010, 07:58 PM
Lisa,
Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary. Thanks for sharing your beautiful song.

lisanicole
11-15-2010, 08:17 PM
Thanks for your kind words everyone! I have appreciated the continuous support from this forum. You're all amazing!

xo

jillw
11-17-2010, 06:48 PM
"Happy Anniversary"! it's a big milestone. I'm inferring you had your surgery at 17. How old were you when you were diagnosed? Did you wear a brace before surgery?

It's a great song...so nice to hear someone put into words the thoughts and feelings that many on this board can relate to.

Definitely let us know when the album is released!

titaniumed
11-17-2010, 09:27 PM
Nice to hear that things are fine....

Friends and family might not understand but we do. And its perfectly fine if they donít, just go on celebrating every day.

Ed

jChris
11-18-2010, 09:07 AM
Congratulations on your ten year anniversary. Your song is beautiful!

LisaB
11-18-2010, 02:13 PM
Wow Lisa, that's great! Love the song and the tattoo!

another Lisa

lisanicole
12-09-2010, 03:21 PM
"Happy Anniversary"! it's a big milestone. I'm inferring you had your surgery at 17. How old were you when you were diagnosed? Did you wear a brace before surgery?

Hey Jill,

I wore a back brace for 6 or 7 years before I had surgery. A dance teacher noticed my scoliosis when I was around 10 or 11. My sister (three years older than me) also had scoliosis but she had stopped growing so it wasn't progressing. I did have my surgery at 17, in my senior year at highschool! Missed a few months but did a lot of prep so I wouldn't be held back.

Thanks for the nice words! :)