View Full Version : Hooray! 6 year anniversary!

05-04-2013, 07:10 PM
I've come so far these past six years! I'm so glad I had my surgery-- I know I would be in terrible shape now if I hadn't. As it is, I doubt that anyone I come into contact with "on the street" realizes I have any problem unless there is something we end up doing that requires too much activity beyond my limitations. I look great (for my age!), feel great unless I overdo things, and I am completely satisfied. It is not a panacea... there are many things I cannot do that I once was able to do--but I doubt I would be doing them anymore anyway, and I gladly traded those for this new, improved life. To all the friends on the forum that I've known for years, thank you so much for your support! And thank you to all you newer ones that don't know me very well. I used to be much more active, but my life is much more active now, I work full time, so I don't spend as much time posting. That's a good thing. Life is good, I find joy in what I can do, and I enjoy reading about you all quite often even if I don't respond. The Lord has blessed me richly and I pray he will bless you too. Take care.

05-04-2013, 07:15 PM
I am so happy for you and I hope it continues

05-04-2013, 07:51 PM
nice to hear another success story :)

05-04-2013, 08:51 PM
Thank you for your post! I just started my seventh month of recovery and most days are really good. But today I had enough pain that I just had to stop for hours and I was almost discouraged. I honestly have never thought so far ahead. My back was slowly collapsing over the past decade until it finally broke last year. Because of the pain, I barely planned more than a couple months ahead. Your post really made me think. I've been so used to focusing on "This day" or "this month" but ... what if I started thinking Next year? Two years from now? I need to start thinking ahead! This is very good. I've been talking of going back to college because it's a fun conversation. But you make me realize that it's not just a conversation anymore. Those days of uncertainty, filled with great pain are becoming a thing of the past. I need to do some Forward thinking!
Thank you. I am so glad you are doing great. Thank you for sharing. :)

05-05-2013, 12:54 AM
Congratulations Susie! It's very heart-warming to read of your special kind of gratitude and know that, 6 years down the track, you can be so happy to have had the surgery.

05-05-2013, 08:25 AM
Thanks for sharing your experience and joy, Susie! It takes time to heal. A great message to the rest of us.


05-05-2013, 11:12 AM
Suzie Bee

I had to look at your signature to confirm the date! Time flies by when we are having fun thatís for sure....

I have enjoyed reading your valuable posts over the years...

As for scoliosis, what can we say? Maybe it was or is just a little stumbling block in our lives......you trip and fall, and you get up once again....I think this sums it all up.


05-05-2013, 12:51 PM
Thank you, friends, for you posts. They mean much. Plus I have a nice picture of Ed scuba diving in my scrapbook. (big smile)... Ha ha ha. I love it! And lots of others' pictures from the past. We push on, don't we? We are strong and we are united and we have bonded and been to he** and back. Some of you many times. I've had my own problems with cancer as well. Our scoliosis surgeries and recoveries build character and strength that so many others don't understand.

JuliaAnn-- I thought I was "all healed" at one year and that was "it" (a bit disappointed!) and I've discovered that I've continually gotten better and better over the years. Stronger, straighter*, and more able to do things. I still have BLT limitations, but that is ok with me. Life is wonderful. But when you have melanoma at 20 and are now 62, your perspective on life changes. I have been blessed. God is good.

Yes, Ed, bumps... without them, who would know how good life can be? But some people get too many, like Melissa and Linda and some others from the past. So we pray and pray.

*By straighter, I mean I hold my body up straighter than I did at first-- not that my back is any straighter. My muscle tone was weaker then and my shoulders were a bit off and I kind of leaned a bit to one side. I worked on that and I am straight now with even shoulders... (smile) Yay for my PT at 11 months -- he helped me a lot!

05-05-2013, 02:17 PM
Congratulations, Susie! I always liked reading your posts - they project such warmth and optimism. It is so great to hear from people several years out - helps a lot of us, newbies, and people in deciding stage. Take care.

05-05-2013, 02:36 PM
I just got goose bumps reading your wonderful post. Congratulations on your 6 year anniversary! You have been such an inspiration to many of us on the forum.

05-05-2013, 03:23 PM
Congratulations Susie, my good friend! I'm so happy to hear that you are doing so well; you certainly deserve it! I too used to be way more active on this board, and I do miss it! I can't believe how long it's been either, you seemed like such a wealth of knowledge when I came around 5 years ago, but you were new at all of this too!

How old are those grandbabies now? 3 or 4?

05-05-2013, 04:13 PM
Yes, we are old friends, you and I, Debbei! Like Ed. Can you believe they are four! Well, one turned four last Tuesday-- the other will this Tuesday. We had our party last Saturday. My daughter and family from NH were visiting for 6 days. And the other one from 2 hours away... What fun!!! Grandpa bought a 2 seater John Deere gator plus they went fishing and we went to a fun railroad restaurant with lots of trains... plus had a Star Wars party at home. Plus it's just fun here on the fish and wildlife area where we live. We saw goslings, deer, beaver, and all sorts of "critters"... and both boys got real binoculars that they were so excited about. Just like Grandpa! (He spent HOURS finding real binoculars for little people, not toy ones!) Now it's back to a quiet house and work. Drat.

Thank you, I and G, for your nice posts. (smile).

loves to skate
05-05-2013, 06:59 PM
Dear Susie,
What can I say after everyone has said it all. Your post was a wonderful testament to your strength and courage and to the wonderful Doctors who dedicate their lives to help us on our journey. I thank God for the Doctors and for all the wonderful people on this forum who take the time to help the newbies get through their fears and answer all their many questions. You are one of those wonderful people. Susie, think how many lives you have touched. What a special woman you are and I am thankful that you touched my life. I am so happy for you that you have come through this trial with flying colors. I am glad that you are able to enjoy your beautiful grandchildren in a way that your never would had you not had your surgery. God Bless you and keep in touch.

05-05-2013, 10:31 PM
Hi Susie,

I ditto what Sally said! Plus, let me just add that I think back all the time to your "tortoise and the hard" post. Really, it's helped me keep my sanity. Thank you for all your kindness and wisdom! I'm so glad you are doing so well!!


05-05-2013, 11:05 PM
Congratulations on 6 years! I'm 2 years behind you so your posts were always helpful and encouraging to me. I know you've been there for so many on here. So happy that your surgery has been so successful for you! Janet

05-06-2013, 05:42 AM
Sally-- what a ride we've been on. I know you are having problems now and pray there will be solutions around the corner. I am so glad that initially after your surgery you were able to roller skate again before your big move. I couldn't believe that! What a daredevil! (big smile!)

Evelyn-- yes, the good ol' tortoise and hare-- and some of us are just destined to be tortoises through no fault of our own. Slow and steady still gets us to our destination... but there do seem to be a lot of hares these days. Ahhh, they seem so fortunate.

And thank you Janet for your encouraging words. I think we are all encouragers!