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    It's St. Louis Time!

    Well, can't believe it's finally here. Leaving tomorrow (Monday) to go to St. Louis. Need to be at hospital very early Tuesday to have central line put in. Then Wednesday is my big day. Wow. I really cannot believe the time is here. I feel like I am climbing to the top of a rollercoaster hill right now!!! Please send lots of prayers and good thoughts to me!!! My sister is going with me and will post here for me to keep all my scoli buddies in the loop! Thanks for all of your support!!!
    Laura
    62 degrees
    49 yrs. young
    Surgery 3/31/10 with Lenke

    Before and After pics
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/13749126@N06/

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    Oh Laura, as hard as it may be to believe, you are in a very exciting time! You are so close to a new beginning and a wonderful future! You will be in my thoughts and prayers for as long as necessary. Will be looking forward to your sisters posts on your progress. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and trust your medical team. You've done all you needed to do now let them take over and do what they do best!
    Becky
    51 years old
    Married 28 years
    3 kids ages 23, 21 and 17
    Fused T-10 through L-5 June, 2008
    Developed junctional kyphosis, flat-back and sagittal imbalance
    Revision Surgery June 27, 2011
    Fused T-4 thru S-1 with pelvic anchor screws
    Take 2 revision October 15, 2013 to locate source of continued pain
    Pseudoarthrosis at L-3, 2 screws removed

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    Laura - the way you explained it is perfect, that's exactly how I feel, as though I'm going uphill on a rollercoaster for the first time, not knowing how it will feel when it descends. You are most definitely in my thoughts and prayers, and have a wonderful safe journey, can't wait to chat with you afterwards so we can compare notes together.
    God bless Laura, and thanks for all your encouraging words! You will do AWESOMELY well!
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    Laura -- My prayers are with you and your medical team.

    Lynette -- My prayers are with you as well as your day draws near.
    Glenda
    Age 66 Georgia (63 at time of surgery)
    Bi-lateral laminectomy 2006
    Kyphoscoliosis, approx 38* lumbar scoliosis, stenosis, disk herniations, lower back and hip pain, w/radiating pain, stinging and numbness in legs.
    A/P fusion (T10-S2) 5/17/10 and 5/20/10
    Dr Yoon, Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital, Atlanta, GA
    Pleased with outcome

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    Thank you Glenda
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    Laura and Lynette:

    I am right there with you! Best of luck to both of you...

    I know exactyly how you feel and know that we will all be fine. I feel comforted to know that we are somewhat going through it together and the reassurance we have gotten from everyone who has been through it has really gotten me through these last few days.

    I look forward to hearing from ya'll when you get home from the hospital and I will report in myself.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. It looks like we have very similar surgeries ahead of us, so lets keep each other inforimed of our progess and share helpful recovery hints.

    Melissa

    46 Years Old
    60% Lumbar Curve
    T9 - L5 Fusion

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    You've got it Melissa - I'm right there for you too. It also comforts me knowing we three are in this together, we will have lots to catch up on afterwards
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    You all are in my prayers and I am sending all wonderful thoughts and prayers your way. You can do it. This is what you've been waiting for all this time and finally it's nearly here. It is a relief to get it behind you, trust me. The work is not done at that point, of course, but the worst will be over with. It took me a good 2-3 days to even realize it was over with, just didn't sink in I think. You guys GO!!!!! We're all strong and strong together we can achieve anything!!!!

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    Good luck Laura!!! It's all going to work out fine, your going to be so happy you did this in a few weeks. I'll be thinking of you...keep that positive attitude and all will be fine.

    Rich

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    Laura you will be in my prayers and you too Lynette. I know you will do great as you move forward. Just think it will be onto recovery before you know it. I am anxious to get past the actual surgery, mine is 4/15. Good thoughts to you!!
    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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    I'm so happy I did this (had the courage to do the surgery). I had no idea I was that strong.... Ha! I've given myself pats on the back quite a few times (well, maybe not the back.....).

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    Laura--It's so exciting to know you'll join a lot of us on the other side soon! I know you'll do great. Thoughts and prayers for a major success coming your way on Wed. Lynette, the same for you in the near future! You guys will do great. 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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    Laura, You have made it this far and you will do fine thru it all. Just remember you chose your surgeon and now you put your faith and trust in him and let him do what he does best.
    Soon you will be on the other side and you can help me with my fears and worries
    Melissa

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    I'm still waiting for that sense of calm that some of you have talked about prior to surgery. These last couple of days are horrendous for me - panic in the pit of my stomach. I have brief moments of calm, but mostly very scared. My boys are getting more anxious about me not being here, and that's the hardest part for me. I love my sons more than my life, and I'm going to feel so sad leaving them. I know it's only temporary, but I'm worried about how my mum will cope taking care of them, I'm worried about how they will be with her, and I will miss them so much. Okay - got that off my chest. Sorry for the whining, I feel like I'm the whiner and wimp here. Melissa and Laura seemed so much stronger than me, and neither of them whine like me . I'm just a big baby - LOL!!!
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    Smile

    Praying all goes well for you today. You are very strong. No need to apologize for whining.
    Glenda
    Age 66 Georgia (63 at time of surgery)
    Bi-lateral laminectomy 2006
    Kyphoscoliosis, approx 38* lumbar scoliosis, stenosis, disk herniations, lower back and hip pain, w/radiating pain, stinging and numbness in legs.
    A/P fusion (T10-S2) 5/17/10 and 5/20/10
    Dr Yoon, Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital, Atlanta, GA
    Pleased with outcome

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