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Thread: Two Years Post Surgery Anniversary!

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    Cool Two Years Post Surgery Anniversary!

    Greetings to everyone on the forum!

    Back from way too many business trips (with little internet connectivity). Glad to see the forum going strong.

    Well, it's been two years since my surgery and the one thing that truly astounds me is how much more mobile and flexible I seem to be at this point as compared to even six months post surgery. Maybe it's the constant schlepping luggage and computer bag, but once in a while I realize, hey, getting something off the floor isn't really hard anymore (it's still a bit of a trick, but it's not hard...).

    Anyway, wanted to offer some encouragement to those in the healing process. You learn workarounds that become second nature. I seem to be able to look further around now with my head.

    Am surprised not to hear from my surgeon's office for a two year x-ray, but maybe that is an optional thing some do.

    Also, thinking back on the days before and thereafter, I wanted to thank everyone on the forum for the prayers and words of encouragement you guys offered. You are great!!!

    Hope to jump in now and then to be an encouragement to others.

    Take care!

    Dollie
    Discovered scoliosis when 15 years old.
    Wore Milwaulkee Brace for 1.5 years.
    Top curve 85 degrees, bottom curve 60 degrees

    Surgery completed August 23, 2011 (during an earthquake, can you believe that?)
    Dr. Charles Edwards, II
    The Spine Center at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD
    Before and after xrays:
    http://www.valley-designs.com/myspine

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    Glad that you are doing so well

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Congratulations on your anniversary, Dollie! It is always encouraging to hear from somebody several years out. People here are great - I also found so much information and support when I was going through decision making process and recovery.
    I am stronger than scoliosis, and won't let it rule my life!
    45 years old - diagnosed at age 7
    A/P surgery on March 5/7, 2013 - UCSF

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    Hi Dollie,

    2 years out and you sound fantastic! Congratulations!
    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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    Glad to hear you are well! And hopefully haven't experienced anymore earth quakes!
    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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    Dollie,
    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary. Believe it or not, I have noticed improvements since my 2 year anniversary in January, 2013. I am still so thrilled with my straight back and what I can do physically that I never dreamed possible during the first year of recovery. I, too, hope to encourage others during the stressful pre-surgery months and during the recovery period. This forum was sooooooooo helpful to me when I really needed it.
    Karen

    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.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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