I have gotten over the hump of a few spinal surgeries and while I don't feel great I do feel better ( I am not still paralyzed). My doc says I lost 52% movement in my neck and 55% in my back and still require pain medications. As such I am being retired and at 31 I have so much in front of me that is more to my abilities than my current job. I was recently accepted into college for a Masters in Clinical Counseling with emphasis in pain management. My docs have pointed me in this direction because I went through it and I will understand it, and I can't disagree. For me this is good news and bad. I love my job and my coworkers but I know I can't do it safely anymore and don't want to risk their health and safety. I just have to take the good with the bad and see what the future holds for me. Good news is good news and I will take it as often as I can.
Live one day at a time and do it with no regrets. I hold my head up high with pride to the fact that i wont let my injury beat me.
Lumbar surgery 2009
Cervical fusion C4 to C7 2009
Heart ablation 2011
Lumbar fusion L4 to S1 2012 and now L1 2 3 and 4 are split and bulging.