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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.
An investigation into the use of Medtronic's Infuse device in spinal fusion surgery has uncovered a scandal that is bound to shake up the cozy relationship of device manufacturers and the orthopedic profession.
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.
When we last heard from Julie, she was recovering from a complex surgery to relieve severe pain related to complications of sacral agenesis. We are sorry to learn that she once is dealing with severe pain, but as Julie aways says, there is a silver lining - she is once more writing and sharing her story with us.
Life goes on whether I’m having surgery or not; whether, I’m on bed rest or not; whether I’m in recovery or not. Life zooms...
Time has passed since I last wrote. Why? The post-operative phase of this process proves challenging and it will be lengthy. Funny how I...