In '07, I kept falling down and ended up in the local hospital, which was hell,undergoing test after test, until they discovered what was wrong. Some staff infection was eating my thoracic spine, specifically T7 & T8. It devoured bone mass and all completing devouring my 7th and 8th vertebrae and spreading. I ended up paralyzed from the waist down and going back and forth from the hospital to a local nursing home. More hospitals, pneumonia, other complications, IV drip antibiotics and my infection was immune to many antibiotics they used. I ended up in a large hospital where they 'filleted' my back and re-built my spine from T6 down below T9. The turtle shell came next and many months of physical therapy. Depression, pity, you name it, the total broad spectrum of emotions....My immediate family, consisting of two older sisters left me to rot in the nursing home. By the Grace of God and sheer determination i made it into an assisted living place which was no fun either. I finally got out of there and made it home! I passed a strenuous two hour driving test and reached independent living. A couple of months later I was rear-ended by a drunk and un-insured driver and there went my neck and right hip and right shoulder. April '09 I had a frontal decompression surgery on my neck and in Sept. '09 had my right hip replaced. as of yet, my right shoulder injury from the wreck is still like it was. Can you believe I have had enough surgeries, doctors, therapy, etc? Before all of this I had had my left hip replaced in '04. Now I am a bionic woman using my wheelchair, walker, shower seat, you get the drift. I thank God every day I am still at home with two twin sister cats!