I developed an infection after the initial corrective surgery. Even though I was under the care of the most respected specialists in Orange County, no one could figure out where the infection was coming from. I started to loose a lot of weight because I could not hold any food down anymore.
Although I was just a child, I live with the physical and emotional scares and pain from this experience every day. My back did not completely close after the HBO treatments. I still have a 1-inch hole on my lower back that never closed. The original surgery, scheduled for January 2, 1995, turned into an experience that would impact, and remain with me, for the rest of my life in an unbelievable way. I have now turned what most would consider a traumatic experience, into a reason to keep going and be a mentor and advocate for all those living with a disability. Always remember, everything happens for a reason! I am a living testimony of that. Even though you may not see it now, as long as you keep the right mindset, there can always be a life changing, positive outcome in every situation. Be encouraged!