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Sometimes, life with sacral agenesis can be too much even for Julie Hemker who has had more than 40 surgeries and many more complications. Sometimes, you need a meltdown.
Julie Hemker was born with sacral agenesis and, as a result, has had more medical care in her life than most everyone else. Despite that, she is optimistic and happy. In this essay, she recalls childhood memories of her life with sacral agenesis.
Because Julie Hemker was born with sacral agenesis and has endured extreme pain and many major operations, her doctors assume she must be depressed.
After 4 surgeries in 7 months complicated by infections, Julie Hemker, born with sacral agenesis, needs a break to focus on herself, rest, and get better.
For some, there may be a perception that if you have medical issues, limitations and so forth, you are less of a person or not worthy of love.
Being a "pro" at having major surgery (more than forty in her forty years), Julie Hemker found that two surgeries in one week was a major challenge to her usual optimism.
When surgery for a fractured vertebrae had to be aborted, Julie Hemker, a veteran of more than 40 surgeries because of sacral agenesis, describes what it is like to face a do over.
New medical problems challenge the normal of Julie Hemker's life with sacral agenesis
Born with sacral agenesis and not expected to live, this miracle baby reflects on the wonder of her life as she turns 40.
When chronic pain is relieved, life changes. Julie Hemker, a young woman with sacral agenesis, describes her life after a spinal cord stimulator.
Even an eternal optimist who has smiled her way through life, despite 49 surgeries to correct problems related to sacral agenesis, can get beaten down by chronic pain
Although in unbearable pain due to complications of sacral agenesis, Julie Hemker is treated like an addict when she visits a pain clinic thanks to a new law in her home state of Indiana.