I had to share. My journey has not been as long as it has been for some of you, but it did include 2 lower back surgeries (2 MicroD's at L5-S1). I am still not where I would like to be but farther than I have been in such a long time...more than 2 years.
I wanted to share: It is not the daily changes, but the reflecting back monthly, quarterly, and this time annually to remind me of how far I've come.
I still have significant numbness in my left leg and pain that is with me on a regular basis.
So how is this good news?
I just returned form a 4-day visit with family in Florida that included a 3 mile walk on 3 of the days, easy swimming on 2 of the days, and 9-holes of "golf" on 2 days. My "golf" was quite modified to ensure no twisting but all in all, I have to count it.
I wanted to share to give people hope. I still struggle with the 2.5 hour plane ride and many other things but I have an incredibly supportive family that knows it's a balance of trying and not over-doing.
I still have hopes for continued improvement and worry about the future, but I've learned embrace the progress I have made thus far. It's a journey. I know that now. A journey, much like life itself, that comes with unexpected happenings.
I wish you all well in your continued journey.
I continue to stop in because this group has had such a positive impact on me and my decisions.