After a very athletic lifestyle, at age 39 (2009) I broke my strong body jumping horses. Went to a Neurosurgeon, working at a well known Spine Center. I had my children there, Hoag Newport Beach. This neurosurgeon had a dissolvable plate introduced into my cspine fusion. And no bone support, no cadaver, no hip piece. A Lego size of my thumb injected with my scrapings of bone. Sent home with no collar after horrific morning to wake to too much action from assigned after surgery p.t. worker. All took much time, 18 mos through my own pushing for regaining my function as I was told. Worked my very best. In shape and mother of 2 elementary school at that time. I kept up best I could on pain medication and eastern medicine, you name it. Machine Pilates training prior to my horse accident saved my life, not the lame surgeon!!! My core, physical endurance and type A push kept me seeking wellness. I prayed for an answer and a round table of excellence in areas I needed to have help. My prayers came true St. Jude Heritage Dr. Arthur Zepeda, and support from the amazing programs St Jude Heritage St Joseph provide. I had the gift of attending the 8wk occupational therapy 4days week 3-4 hrs ea day. The training of the Drs and methods, teaching me how to function and with mach/mock kitchen, washer/dryer, shower, car sitting position, hobby choices, and pharmaceutical Dr took over for 8 wks, swim therapy, p.t., pacing documentation at home as my homework hrly, A visual and Neuro electrode meditation Dr. got to see what my body was doing during rest, unrest. And a wonderful psychologist Dr. Gary. I got my round table a had prayed for because I had a vision, and some leaders of excellence... St. Joseph, St. Jude had thought of the trauma we go through in every aspect. I have had many nerve ablation procedures to help since 2012-2016. Now at 48, 2018 I am going to look for a chronic pain support group as I watch the fast paced world go by and I face depression, especially summertime. Waterskiing, river, horses etc. Until I can possibly get a new innovation implant to support my head, cage, cement injections...haha. I will stop isolating and living through my children (as they are in high school and I bug them by mothering too much) but still not living and have accepted being disabled. Always remember each day is New and there is a great staff of leaders at St Jude Heritage St Joseph. I have great faith this will be a great year of renewal and restoration. Looking forward to meeting a successful nuerosurgeon specializing in spinal area Dr. Brad Norblett Neurosurgeon St. Jude Heritage. My 14 yr olds classmates Nana referred me as well, to Norblett had excellent outcome. I refer you to Dr. Zepeda, he has excellent surgical hands and comforting, and amazing Dr. for pain control. I am praying for you all, always 1step, at a time, in hope, in faith. Never give up. Dr Zepeda, M.D. and staff, all professional and do what they can. Yet there's a blessing over St. Joseph's staff, St. Jude Heritage and all involved and training.. you're in charge of your body have to reach out to never give up. St. Joseph Health has historical mission ministry. Support groups available.