IamA Spinal Fusion survivor! AMA! *NSFL Photos*
Just a warning: Some photos are NSFL
I found out when I was 7 years old that I had scoliosis. I had to wear a back brace for four years... almost 24 hours a day, everyday. My curve progressively became more severe and in 2009 I had a "full" spinal fusion. It has now been 7 years since my surgery, and I feel very grateful to have been able to have this surgery. However, going through such an immense and permanent change to your body, is not always easy. I would love to share my story, and hopefully help and support people who have scoliosis, or are about to have / has had a spinal fusion. Before my operation, my doctor offered to take pictures of the progression of my spinal fusion. I have included them in the last three photos... for anyone who is curious of what a split open back looks like, and the person essentially being turned into wolverine. I won't hold anything back, AMA!
Right before surgery and right after spinal fusion: http://imgur.com/a/mStDq
EDIT WOW. I did not expect such an immense response to this post. It has been such an amazing experience to be able to connect with all of you. I just want to say, I am not trying to exaggerate the term "survivor," and I am not trying to say that I am special. There are many many people who are in or have gone through worse situations than I have. I just want to help if I can by providing support and guidance based on my experiences. What makes me happy about this post is that it became a place to be open, share, inspire, and support each other. This surgery is not a walk in the park, no matter how well it goes. Spinal fusions are extremely complicated and invasive operations. I feel lucky that my surgery was successful. I will try to read every single comment / question and respond if I can. Thank you all so much for your interest, questions, and support!
PS This post was unfortunately taken down a few hours after posting, because I am a noob, and didn't know I had to provide proof in time... -.- Please watch this video for a formal apology and thank you for being a part of this AMA ;) https://youtu.be/HS0EUkqR9I4