I'm new to Spine-Health, but from what I've seen so far, it's quite a good community for people with problems. My name is Kate, I'm 28 years old and I myself have had a horrible period in my life. About five years ago, I was diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis - I was terrified when I first heard it, and I thought it's a severe problem which may affect my lifestyle. I have a few self-rules, one of which is 'Never take medication if I never need to'. So I went to several doctors, and I was told that if I take extra care of my body, I won't get harmed. And that's what I did - I continued my normal life, and 5 months after being diagnosed I started to practice swimming. I was experiencing a little pain in the process, which soon disappeared (a few months later). Now, I am proud to say that I am a local professional swimmer, with quite a few medals. It was only last year when I realized what I've managed to do - win the battle against the lumbar spinal stenosis, although not completely, since I still get a little pain sometimes. I now came here to try and motivate others to never, I repeat, NEVER give up. Having a strong will is the key to anything in life, and I can relate that.