A summary of my path here: Spondy with disc lesion L5-S1, failed PLIF with infection 2 and 1/2 years ago, redo with ALIF 18 months ago.
This week I have been hiking the Lake District. I use hiking poles (Swedish ones with a deep shock absorber action) and carry a backpack. I have been able to manage the numerous slopes and muddy inclines and to keep up with my able-bodied friends!
There is no way I thought this even possible a year ago. My doctor told me that it would take 18 months for me to be quite better and 2 years to be fully recovered - at the time it seemed impossibly long.
So, my Holiday message to you all is - hang in there! Recovery is a long, slow one-day-at-a-time thing. But it happens and you CAN get back to your life!
Happy Holidays everyone