This week marked my 8th month post 3 level lumbar fusion with hardware. I am 54 years old. My son bought me a present to celebrate my recovery. Today for the first time in my life I went to the Green Bay Packer game at Lambeau Field, walked from the parking lot, up to my seat in the 50th row and sat in the bleachers for the entire game in about 32 degree weather. It began to snow late in the fourth quarter, so we left quickly back down the many steps and out to our car. Never in a million years would I have believed I could do this!!!! Certainly before my surgery I couldn't have. Last year at this time I couldn't even walk from my car on my drive way to my front door without stopping once or twice due to pain. I was not sure what to be more afraid of today...the long walk, long sitting time or the cold. I survivied all, and had one heck of a great time. The only thing missing was Brett Favre ~X( I felt human again. Whatever any of you do, never give up. Keep your eye on getting to the the good days, we will all have them. They will take different forms for some of us, and come at different time but we will have them if we never give up.