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I'm new to the site, but not to spine issues. I am a 37 year old woman in Arizona, which is fantastic in the winter. My problems and pain started about 15 years ago while playing rugby and snowboarding in college. My first fusion was in 2008, discectomy in 2015, revision of my discectomy in 2016, and I'm currently pending my second fusion November 2017. I have gone from being an extremely active person, to trying to figure out how to live a more calm life involved in activities that are more gentle on my back. I'm a work in progress on that front, and it's been a challenge and heartbreaking at times. But I keep getting up everyday, put on a smile, and keep moving. I have my bad days for sure, but do my best to limit a bad/negative attitude to only one day. After that I remind myself it could be worse. I wake up each morning and have such a great support system around me which definitely helps. I find a bad attitude and focusing on my pain really only makes it worse for me. It's hard right now because I've been hurting so bad, but I find laying around makes it worse so I set a goal of doing something everyday. I've enjoyed reading posts on here and hearing about other people's experiences. I look forward to interacting and chatting with everyone.
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