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  1. #31
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    Last edited by kennedy; 05-30-2013 at 01:11 AM.
    Kara
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    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  2. #32
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    Yaaayyy! How exciting for you Kara, well done!
    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

  3. #33
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    What a wonderful sight. Enjoy . You worked hard for it
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  4. #34
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    Congratulations Kara! What a great accomplishment. :-)

  5. #35
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    A very special day Kara! Congratulations. 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.

  6. #36
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    What a special day for you, Kara! Congratulations. 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.

  7. #37
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    Kara,
    That is a very nice picture of you graduating! Thank you for sharing your day with us. =)
    Be happy!
    We don't know what tomorrow brings,
    but we are alive today!

  8. #38
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    Congratulations Kara! Love the picture.
    Chris
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

  9. #39
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    That's a great picture! Congratulations on your achievement.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

  10. #40
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    Yes, Kara-- that's a great picture! And then I got to see you are in Ukiah-- at least your school is. That is a beautiful area. I grew up in California (before coming to Indiana)-- in Yuba City. I went to school at Humboldt State University, up in the Redwoods, so would often travel quite near Ukiah, and then go up the coast highway on my big 5-6 hour trip... We have a friend in Willits. Now I can picture you just a little better-- you AND your surroundings. Congratulations on a job well done! (big smile!)
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

    Click to view my pics: pics of scoli x-rays digital x-rays, and pics of me

  11. #41
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    Susie I never now that
    Kara
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    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  12. #42
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    That's what is fun about pictures, Kara. I was so surprised to see it said Ukiah in the picture! I knew you went to Dr. Gupta in Davis, which is just about 40 miles from my home town... a small world! But here I am, living in Indiana since 1975. CA still feels like home to me though, since I was there my first 25 years. There's something about those first years! And Humboldt State was a wonderful place-- in the redwoods, on the coast, just 80 miles south of the Oregon border... (am I making some of you drool?) It's one of the California State Universities. (smile) -- famous for its Natural Resources department-- and believe it or not, my major was in wildlife management. Ahhh, the wildlife. Ha ha. Red Skelton had some good jokes about it, back in the day. Totally not PC.

    But back to your picture-- we are all so very proud of you! A very major accomplishment for a very dear person!
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

    Click to view my pics: pics of scoli x-rays digital x-rays, and pics of me

  13. #43
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    Hi Kara,

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing the photos! I love seeing you on your special day.

    I hope you had a nice dinner out to celebrate.

    Fondly,
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

  14. #44
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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie*Bee View Post
    That's what is fun about pictures, Kara. I was so surprised to see it said Ukiah in the picture! I knew you went to Dr. Gupta in Davis, which is just about 40 miles from my home town... a small world! But here I am, living in Indiana since 1975. CA still feels like home to me though, since I was there my first 25 years. There's something about those first years! And Humboldt State was a wonderful place-- in the redwoods, on the coast, just 80 miles south of the Oregon border... (am I making some of you drool?) It's one of the California State Universities. (smile) -- famous for its Natural Resources department-- and believe it or not, my major was in wildlife management. Ahhh, the wildlife. Ha ha. Red Skelton had some good jokes about it, back in the day. Totally not PC.

    But back to your picture-- we are all so very proud of you! A very major accomplishment for a very dear person!
    Susie, I feel the same way about hometowns. I was born and grew up in Long Island NY and still feel that is home. The last time I was there was 2006 for my dear Dad's funeral.I had a wonderful childhood there . We were 20 minutes from the beach. When I grew up, I went to NYU in Manhattan. We moved to NJ in 1988 and then NC in 2007. In 2011, we headed to southern CA. The area that Superstorm Sandy hit in both NY and NJ were the area that we lived in.
    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  15. #45
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    That cool susie
    Kara
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    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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