Some of you may remember me from last year. I joined this forum shortly before my L3-5 fusion surgery on 9/24/07.
One of my post-op goals was to jump on my daughters' trampoline this summer.
Well, yesterday I finally mustered up the courage. Not only did I jump on the tramp, I actually did some bum bounces (you know, bounce down on the butt, then back up to standing)! I could have done more, but it was so bloody hot that 5 min. was all I could manage.
I'm not back to 100%, but then again, I'll never be 20 yrs. old again either. I can't believe how great it feels knowing that I finally jumped on that tramp! I can't stand for long periods of time in one place, or walk long distances. But it is so much better than it was a year ago, I'll take it! Maybe at some point, I'll need additional medical treatment for my back, but I'm happy with the progress I've made.
So for those of you facing surgery in the near future, my recommendation is to set some goals for yourself. Some immediate goals, and some long-term goals, then you have motivation to achieve them.
Congratulations for finding such a wonderful source of information and encouragement. Without this website and the support of the great people here, I don't think I would be where I'm at today.