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Thread: Putting it in perspective

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    York, PA

    Putting it in perspective

    Came home today, exhausted and in pain and was going to get on here and rant about all this pre-op stress/frenzy. And then I watched the news about Haiti and thought how damn lucky I was that the worst thing I had to worry about was a crooked back. We are so blessed to have this phenomenal medical care available to us when those people are dying in the streets through no fault of their own.

    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    You are so right!!

    Here I am so nervous and fulled with anxiety about and those poor people don't have the basic medical needs. So many dead and so many more will be dead and that there is nothing that can be done for them. It certainly makes you appreciate the medical care we have here in the USA.

    Hope you start feeling better


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Great post. Perspective always.

    Bad things happen to innocent people. It's maddening.
    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."

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    See? Your attitude is changing already. I'm proud of you. Everyone absolutely needs time to process the fact that we need this surgery and what it means.

    We are all lucky--just imagine if this surgery were not available and we all had no choice but to get worse and worse? I saw what happened to my grandmother and didn't want to end up like her.
    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

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Everyone of you makes great points. It certainly does put things in perspective. We are lucky. 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. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Agree absolutely.
    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

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Well said.
    Kathy, 43
    Diagnosed as a teen
    Boston brace 2 years
    63 degree lumbar curve
    Surgery August 26, 2009
    Anterior approach fused T12-L4
    now 28 degrees

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Wheeling, WV
    It does remind us that no matter how bad we have it, someone always has it worse.

    We are blessed with medical professionals that are very competent. But it's still okay to feel scared and nervous, that's only natural.

    We can still worry about ourselves, while having compassion for others. My surgery has made me even more compassionate than I was prior to it.

    Bless us All,

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