It's hard to believe that it's been 8 years since I was fused T-4 to the sacrum by Dr. Lenke in St. Louis. Recovery isn't easy for anyone, but mine was smoother than many. At age 68, I am more active than most people my age with playing golf, tap dancing, participating in Zumba classes and other classes at the Y, and walking my dog. I feel a little guilty that I seldom check into the forum and offer any advice, however, I am afraid that it wouldn't be totally accurate since I'd be counting on my memory and 8 years is a long time for any details. I will never forget the kindness, concern, support and much needed information that I received from people on this forum before and after my surgery. There was not a day for several years that I didn't read the questions and responses and occasionally post my experiences. At times, I felt guilty because there are many who do everything right, including choosing the best surgeon as I did, and things just don't go well. I think the majority of us are happy we had the surgery. It's changed my life for the better and I have never regretted it. Good luck to all of you who are going through the most frightening time before your surgery with all of the fears and uncertainties. I am also wishing all of you who have had surgery to have the smoothest recovery possible.

Karen

P.S.-Hi, Ed! I am still winning a few golf tournaments.