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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    10 year anniversary, saying "hi", and health update

    Hi from the past! I used to be very active on here but dropped out last year after some sadness in my life. I thought I would stop in and say hi since this is an important day to me and I was thinking about you all.

    TEN YEARS AGO today (May the Fourth be with me!) I had my spinal surgery. I had a slow recovery, and after 10 years I wish I could say I am back to "normal" but instead will say I am doing fine with my new "normal" - and am glad I had my surgery. Life offers many challenges and various paths we choose. The interesting part is how we can change our priorities and move on with new ways to navigate our days. A work in progress!

    Thanks to all who had an input on here with me over those years.
    My Charcot Marie Tooth disease is my main health issue now, even though the limitations from my scoli surgery are still present. I did get to go to one of the CMT Centers of Excellence in December for a full (10 hour) exam at the Univ. of Iowa CMT clinic. I will go back every year as this is a progressive disease. I have an axonal form (CMT Type 2) and it is autosomal dominant.

    That's enough about that. Just sending my best to you all and letting you know I'm still around. Take care -- Susie
    Last edited by Susie*Bee; 05-04-2017 at 09:08 PM.
    66 and still heartbroken...
    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
    2014 DXd w/CMT (type 2)

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

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    long island, ny
    Hi Susie, glad you posted to let us know how you are doing on your 10 year anniversary, hope you keep posting. Be well.

    Dolores A
    June 4, 2009 Anterior L3 - S1
    June 8, 2009 Posterior T4 - Pelvis
    Mark Agulnick, MD FAAOS
    NY Spine & Scoliosis Center

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2008


    Great to hear from you.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Yacolt, WA
    Hi there! So glad to hear from you! I also have had "challenges" and continue to try to find a quality of life. I send you my love and my gratitude for all of the awesome support that you have given me!
    Hugs, Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    I seldom check in to the forum now that I am 6 years post-op. I probably checked for posts daily for the year before and several years afterwards. If one posted a question, there were several answers the same day. I don't know what I would have done without this forum. It doesn't seem to be as "active" now. Anyway, I am so glad I didn't miss your post. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary on the 4th. I am sorry you are having other health issues. Good to hear from you.

    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.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2008


    Hi Suzie Bee

    Congratulations on 10 years! Thanks for all the great support through the years....

    I see the IT people got the phishing thing figured out....Congratulations to them also! That kind of stuff is worse than scoliosis surgery.

    Its such a shame that these things have to happen especially on a medical support forum.....

    Good to be back

    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

    My x-rays

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