Hi everyone! I'm 40 yrs old with 4 kids and scheduled for PLIF on Jan 13. I 'm so glad to have found this site. It seems everyone here is very empathetic and ready to share their experiences. It's the only forum I've come across that members give realistic perspectives as opposed to horror stories. It has helped me prepare mentally for what I'm about to face. Thank God I won't have to face it alone with this "family." I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better and hearing your stories.