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  1. #1
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    One year anniversary today

    Hi all - I haven't been on here for a while. Miss keeping up. Just had to share what an amazing year it has been. Today is April 15, 2011. Reading back in my blog on April 15, 2010, quite a different day. As we woke up this morning my husband said well one year ago you were in pre-op. I said yes, and weren't we naive. We had no idea of what we were going into. And yet now a year on the other side, I would do it all again. Through blood loss, pure pain, pain management meds, bowels, Thrush, major infection, PIC line and treatment for months for infection, months of physical therapy....look at me today! So healthy I need to lose 10 lbs.

    I just had to share this momentous day with the surgeon who brought me through such a difficult surgery. So off I drove, with a yummy cake smelling good in the car, to Dr. Herkowitz's office this morning. It was so fun to surprise and mostly thank him for all he does. I hated missing Nancy, his fantastic medical assistant. What a dynamo team the two of them are. I go for my one year check-up early in May. Can't wait to see the Xrays one year later. And I hear from many on here that the second year you continue to get even stronger and feel even better.

    For all of you still contemplating surgery, every journey is different, but I can say having 110% confidence in your surgeon and your own attitude about the surgery and faith, will make an impact for the positive.

    I can remember writing on here I can't wait to be on the other side. Seems surreal that I have been on the other side for a year already. Thank you to all of you here, for the support you share and wisdom you spread. I know it helped me so much!
    Shari - 55 years old
    Pre-Surgery 62 degree thorasic curve with shifting.
    Post op 13 degree curve.
    Successful surgery 4/15/10, T3-L2 fused.
    2nd surgery to reopen incision 10" to diagnose infection, 5/18/10
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI - the late Dr. Harry Herkowitz
    www.scoliosisthejourney.com

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    This is such an amazing post!!
    Thank you thank you! It gives all of us hope, especially for the ones who had to endure complications!
    keep it up!
    Pilar
    Scoliosis Diagnosed at age 12. Wore Milwaukee brace for 2 years.
    Now age 32
    Pre-op curves: C86-T98-L37
    Surgery date: 12/6/2010 (anterior) 12/10/2010 (posterior)
    Fused T2 to L5 with thoracoplasty.
    Post-op curves: C48-T47-L17
    Dr. Robert Pashman
    Cedars Sinai, Los Angeles, CA
    Before and after xrays :
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...5&d=1292969215

  3. #3
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    Congratulations Shari. Another one who's been through the mill, but come out of it smiling, healthy and pleased she did it!
    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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    Congratulations, Shari. You did not have a smooth recovery,but you always had a positive attitude. I am glad you have come so far and thatbyou are doing well. I have gone to your web page often. Thanks!
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    congrads on 1 year post-op
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  6. #6
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    glad that you are doing so well after one year
    Melissa

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    Shari--
    Congratulations on your one year anniversary. That's awesome that you are now doing so well! 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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