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My name is Angela and I'm a 24 years old mother of two. I am so glad that I found this site after days of looking for a place to go to talk to people in the same situation as me. I found out on March 12, 2009 that I will have to have a anterior/posterior lumbar spinal fusion on April 1, 2009... I am extremely scared, but I am trying to be hopeful more than anything else... I am a very care free person who NEVER stresses about anything but that has seemed to changed the past few days.. I am having a hard time keeping my mind off the surgery and the pain afterwards... My family is being VERY supportive and I am so grateful for them.. I know I will have tons of help afterwards and I am trying to keep telling myself that it's not going to be easy but I will get through this with the help of everyone... I haven't had my pre-op appointment yet so I'm still waiting to have a few questions answered that I didn't even think of until after I left the Dr... But if anyone has been through this could you please tell me about your story... Mainly the recovery... The pain... I am having my surgery in Houston and am blessed to have one of the best spinal Dr.'s working on me, so I'm hoping this aren't too bad... See I said I'm being hopeful... Ha ha ha.. Can't wait to get to know everyone... Thank you all in advance.. And good luck with everything that you are going through that brought you here... Have a great day..