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    Big News!

    I don't have a lot of time to type, but just wanted to let you all in on my joy...we just adopted a little boy last Friday! It has all happened so fast, I am still spinning with joy and happiness!

    I wanted to note, he is almost 10lbs, and carrying him around is NO problem. I feel so strong, and my back/leg haven't been any worse since he arrived, which was one of my biggest fears when it came to being a Mom. As long as I hold him close to my body when I carry him, I don't notice any discomfort. I am being careful not to bend or twist (since I'm not fused to S1) but I know it will get harder as he grows.

    Anyway...will keep you posted on how the back does under this new development!

    Thanks for all your support when I shared our sad adoption failure with you. It really meant a lot to have you all lift me up that way. Crazy that only a month later we got the baby that was meant for us!

    Blessings!
    Rebecca
    Age: 28
    Dx w/ scoli @ age 12 S curves T-40* L-42*
    wore night bending brace as teenager
    Curves changed to 50's plus or minus
    herniated disc L2-3, Discectomy October 2007
    fusion L2-3 November 2008
    Revision L2-3 Fusion, Removal of hardware August 2009
    Curves measuring 52 T&L September 2010
    Fused T4-L4, all posterior December 27th 2010
    gained almost two inches in height

    Before and After Exterior
    Before and After X-rays
    My blog: http://herscoliosisjourney.blogspot.com/

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    What wonderful news you shared with us.

    Enjoy your new baby

    What is his name?

    Can you post pictures?
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Rebecca,
    I am so happy for you. The joy that a little baby brings is wonderful. When I saw my adopted son for the first time, it was instant motherly love. Ten pounds, wow, what a place to start lifting weights. As he grows and is cruising on the floor and you need to pick him up, make sure you get down on one knee and lift him to your chest before getting up. That way, you can keep your back straight when you pick him up. Give him a kiss from me and yes, you need to post some photos.
    God Bless your new little one, Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
    Dr. Frank F. Rands735.photobucket.com/albums/ww360/butterflyfive/

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

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    That's wonderful news! Congratulations and best wishes for the happiest of family life!
    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

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    Rebecca,

    Congratulations as you enter the world of motherhood! That is such wonderful news!
    Donna
    Female - 49 yrs old at surgery
    Surgery 5/5/11 - Dr. Bridwell, St. Louis
    Fused T3-L3
    60 degree thoracic curve corrected to 30 degrees
    Tennis player & returning to the courts!
    http://s1050.photobucket.com/profile/walkingmom1/index

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    This is such great news!! Wow, 10 lbs. Is he newborn? If so, he's quite the chunk. I have a great nephew that was over 11 lbs at birth. I'm so happy for you and your new family!

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    Dear Rebecca,

    Congratulations on your wonderful, happy news! There is nothing in the world like being a mother! Enjoy these baby days, because believe it or not, they go by so fast.

    What's his name?

    Take care and thanks so much for sharing!
    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

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    Congratulations and enjoy your little boy!!
    __________________________________________
    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

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    Yeah!!!! Congratulation!!!! Treasure this time! We had very little notice with our daughter's adoption also (18 hours notice) and it was the most magical time of my life!

    Wonderful, wonderful news!
    Kathy
    46 yrs at surgery, now 50
    71 degree thoracolumbar curve corrected to 34 degrees
    8/2/2010 surgery with Dr. Lenke

    posterior T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation

    4 osteotomies and 1 cage
    http://s1066.photobucket.com/albums/...athK_08022010/

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    Quote Originally Posted by peachrush7 View Post
    I don't have a lot of time to type, but just wanted to let you all in on my joy...we just adopted a little boy last Friday! It has all happened so fast, I am still spinning with joy and happiness!

    I wanted to note, he is almost 10lbs, and carrying him around is NO problem. I feel so strong, and my back/leg haven't been any worse since he arrived, which was one of my biggest fears when it came to being a Mom. As long as I hold him close to my body when I carry him, I don't notice any discomfort. I am being careful not to bend or twist (since I'm not fused to S1) but I know it will get harder as he grows.

    Anyway...will keep you posted on how the back does under this new development!

    Thanks for all your support when I shared our sad adoption failure with you. It really meant a lot to have you all lift me up that way. Crazy that only a month later we got the baby that was meant for us!

    Blessings!
    Congratulations to you all!

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    How wonderful for you! Congratulations!! Isn't it awesome to be able to share non-scoliosis news with forum friends?! My best to you and your family.


    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 !

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    Rebecca--
    I've had a smile on my face since I read your post and the wonderful news! I'm sure you are on cloud nine! Congratulations and Best Wishes to your family. 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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    Congratulations, Rebecca! That is wonderful news. Pretty soon that little bundle of joy will have you forgetting all about your back!

    Best,
    Evelyn
    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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    That is SOOO SWEET!!!!! Motherhood is amazing, and I am happy to have you join THIS group on the other side!!! Congrats and best wishes for you and your new son.
    Jenee'-52
    Bend, Oregon

    Braced 3 years in high school
    Lumbar 70'+ Thoracic 70'+
    I had 3" shrinkage in 6 months...

    Surgery Jan 10, 2011
    9 hours
    T3 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Both curves now 35'

    Possible revison for Flatback Syndrome
    Non-fusion
    Loose/broken hardware-awaiting CT results

    Here is the link to my before and after pics..
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt......&highlight=

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    Wow, that was fast!! When it's meant to be, it happens...congratulations!!
    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

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