I am a 5-Time Spinal Surgery Survivor for Scoliosis and a Newly Published Author! AMA!
Hey there! I'm Katheen Sawisky - Canadian, chronic pain sufferer, gammy spine owner, and as of last Tuesday, author! I'm here today to answer your questions about self-publishing (flippin' difficult but fun as hell), scoliosis surgery (don't eat the strained oats), chronic pain (annoyingly discounted by general population), and Justin Trudeau's hair (probably got his tips from /r/curlyhair).
I currently reside in Calgary, Alberta and in order to put food on the table I work at a bookstore. In the winter I work on a giant-ass blanket (because Canadian winters are cold), and in the summer I play video games. However each day and every day I work on my series, The Code. The first book, Between Fire and Pines was released on Amazon last week!
EDIT: I am going to answer all your questions, but I am slowing down a bit now. Keep em coming! I haven't forgotten you!
Edit2: Did I take my cymbalta this morning? I can't remember. Things could start to get really weird in here.
Edit3: If you are having back pain, try putting heat on it.
Edit 5: I am not a doctor. I repeat. I am not a doctor. If you are about to ask me if spinal fusion is right for you I am going to tell you to ask your doctor. My case was very, very usual! I don't know if that looks bad or not! I just know if it is streaky and red then it is probably infected!
Edits: Okay, I'm back now! Lots of fun questions! It's really amazing to hear all these different stories and perspectives on pain!
Edit#?: Well, that's all for me, folks! I had lots of fun answering your questions today, and thank you so much for sharing all your experiences with me. If anyone out there ever needs to talk about spinal fusions, or complain about pain, whatever, feel free to call me. And, because I am apparently an attention whore, here is a link to Between Fire and Pines on Amazon. Hurr hurr!