Welcome to my CaringBridge website. I am using the site (with help from my siblings--Joanne, Patricia and Michael) to keep family and friends updated in one place. My surgery is on February 26; it will be a 3-level lumbar fusion. Even with already having had three spine surgeries in the past 15 months, this lower back surgery is daunting and will require a long period of rehab, and it will greatly impact my ability to do things for myself. So many of you have offered to help me in the past and with the upcoming procedure. Having a CaringBridge site is ideal for reaching out and communicating within one private community. My siblings will be posting as well, especially the day of the surgery and following days while I am in the hospital. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.