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Friday, June 15, 2018

Happy Birthday to Me!

I'm 52 today.  My spinal friends are almost 7 years old.  I still get the question at least once a month, "How's your back?"  My standard answer, "SPECTACULAR".
It's a strange thing to leave Indiana, fly across the ocean, have surgery in a foreign land, stay for almost a month, and return to a very conservative, traditional small town to work as a therapist in my little community hospital with THIS story.  I'm sure there is a fairly large group of people who think I'm crazy, or insanely rich, or "out there" - none of these are true (well, maybe I'm a little "out there").   I'm confident these quiet people are glad all the same that my choice turned out well despite my insanity.  We all make decisions for ourselves at times that make no sense to others and seem unusually odd, but that doesn't change our mind and we forge ahead.  As I get older, I am more free-spirited than ever and these differences are the jelly on my toast. 

Happy that my hubby of 30 years (on June 25th) is on board for it all.  It's a blessing (and a foundation of groundwork) that we have a happy, thriving marriage and a healthy spirit for adventure.


Still thankful and overjoyed that I made this crazy decision! Keep chugging along my little titanium friends! 
Bless you Mr Boeree.  You changed my life.  RIP 💗💗💗

Monday, January 22, 2018

It's been quite awhile since I've posted.  All is spectacular with my 6 year old spine!  Moved shovels full of little stones from one side of my parent's yard to the other this weekend as they prepare for hurricane damage repairs to their seawall.  My low back was a champ!  My shoulders and neck and sides and ..... were feeling it though!


Monday, May 4, 2015

3.5 years - the work horse of the family

As my husband recovers from hernia surgery, it's strange to be the "go to" person for the heavy lifting in my family! Roughly 16 hours of yardwork in order to prepare the yard and landscaping for my youngest daughter's last prom, and my spine was a champ. My M6L and STALIF TT are still my little life changers, and I couldn't be happier.

Lovely daughter, lovely landscaping, if I don't say so myself.
 
 
 
Anna and Nick - awww

My neighbor, Kurt, who went to Germany (see previous posts) for his M6L last fall is just returning from his second visit for cervical M6s this time.  Apparently he is doing well, and a return trip speaks volumes about our confidence in this procedure, product, and theory of spine repair.

On another celebratory note, we recently paid off the loan that made my privately paid surgery possible.  It's definitely much more fun to pay for our new boat in monthly installments than a new back, but the rewards don't compare!  Kurt was lucky and his insurance picked up the overseas tab.  Yay Kurt!

Cheers from Team Stuckey!