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    My 2nd anniversary went by without a thought

    Yesterday was my 2nd anniversary and I completely forgot about it. So different from my first, when I was quite emotional about it. An email overnight reminded me.

    My surgeon discharged me a year ago and I have been just getting on with life, building my little online business, spending lots of time with my granddaughters, walking, swimming, kayaking, gardening, just doing normal things as though I never had scoliosis. How lucky I feel, that I even forgot my anniversary. I thought that date was burned into my soul for life.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Happy 2nd Anniv!!! I SOOOO get what you're saying, and I'm so glad that yesterday was a regular day. Thanks for staying with the forum. It's recoveries like yours, and posts like this, that give hope and inspiration to those of us who are not as far along in our journeys.

    I think you should celebrate extra big: celebrate the anniversary AND celebrate that you were able to let the date pass unnoticed!
    (In the US, it's still March 3)
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

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    congratulations, Jen! that is the BEST!!

    jess

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    Woohoo! Huge congratulations. B
    Billy
    24 year old male from UK
    60 degree thoratic curve
    Around 40 degree correctional lumbar curve
    Fused T3-L1 on 3rd Jan 2012

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    Thanks mgs, I look forward to reading something similar from you in a couple of years. Hope things are continuing smoothly for you. You so deserve an easy recovery and great outcome.

    Jess and Bill: Thank you!
    Last edited by JenniferG; 03-03-2011 at 04:53 PM.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    backissues Guest

    Smile

    Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary!! You are an inspiration to people like me at the beginning of the journey.

    Enjoy!!

    Irene

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    Jennifer,
    Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary. You have been so encouraging to me and others when we were nervously preparing for surgery. It helped me to know that you were also fused T4-sacrum. I so appreciate the fact that you and others who are one or more years post op continue to care enough to take time to stay involved with posting on the forum. Thanks!!

    Karen

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    Happy Anniversary Jen! We've been through a lot these last few years. I'm glad you're enjoying life!!
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    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    Jennifer--
    Congrats on the 2nd anniversary! Mine is coming soon too. You have done so well and encouraged so many on the forum! Glad you are enjoying life. Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

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    Thank you all for the kind words!

    Janet, yes, you were in "the March lot!" There was quite a bunch of us that month. I look forward to your 2 year anniversary update in a few weeks. Hope everything's going well.

    Irene and Karen, thank you. I received so much encouragement when I arrived on the forum, and I know how much it helped.

    Thanks Debbei, you are one of the many who helped me along that road. It made all the difference to the experience.

    I really think this forum is invaluable.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Congrats!

    How nice for you! Its great when there are happy endings being posted. I pledge to do the same when Im on the "other side" and I can encourage and help someone else who is thinking about or waiting for surgery. Keeping all in my prayers.

    Sarah
    waiting for surgery March 15
    Dr. Errico NYU
    top to bottom

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    My 2-year anniversary is this month as well -- on the 25th! It doesn't feel nearly as weird as it did exactly a year post-op, but it'll still be a very memorable, nostalgic day. I've been a hinge ever since

    Congrats!

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    My surgery is coming up soon - on the same day as Sarah's, March 15 - and I just love reading your post. Congratulations on a successful recovery! Is there anything you did in particular during the recovery that you think helped it go so smoothly? Thanks for the encouragement.
    Cathy from CA
    59 years old
    70 degree curve before surgery
    Original surgery March 2011, anterior and posterior
    T3 - sacrum
    UCSF, Dr. V. Deviren
    Infection after two weeks,
    Then four more weeks in the hospital and three more surgeries to clean out the infection

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    Hi Jesscv, I remember you as one of "our mob!" How are you getting on these days?

    Sarah and Cathy, all the very best to the March mob of 2011!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Jen

    You forgot! How could you? LOL You must be doing well...

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 59, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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