GPN Party - January 26, 2006
Paulette and I were already talking about
getting together when Melanie told me that she and Rick were coming
to town. I decided to turn lunch into a party. With just a few days
to go, we got the local spine community together. There were some
notable regulars missing (Gary?) but we had a great turnout and a
The importance of these events, where the
spine community gets together to support one another, was demonstrated
when Dan got to spend some time with Larry. Dan's ongoing pain is
much like Larry's was before undergoing rhizotomy. We don't know if
the same treatment will help Dan, but he now has a direction and a
plan. DaveE is looking to have surgery soon - he gets to talk to people
with 3 different brands of discs, done here and overseas - people
with perfect outcomes and people who've experienced complications.
Diane, Dave, Melanie, Rick, Mark, Dan, Paulette, Hilary, Maria,
Willie, Brad Recent hardware: (R->L) Activ-L (2), Charite
(2), ADR hopeful, Dynesys (3), ProDisc, Charite, Charite (2),
pin in ankle, ProDisc,
ADR hopeful, Diane has a great back... we let her in the picture
Brad and DaveE
Taffy and her subjects (Brad, MariaA, DaveE, Djscal, and Mr.B)
Paulette, Rick, Melanie and Cervie Queen
Mark says, "no people food!"
Stereo.... "Aw, c'mon Mark!"
Brad, Mr.B, Cervie Queen
Dan, Larry (LabEng) and Paulette
Brad and Mr.B
What a supportive community we have!
those who don't know, Melanie was GPN's first client. Read
her story here. She and Rick live northeast of Toronto and
since that's about as far away from Southern California as you
can get on the continent, we don't expect to see much of them.
What a treat it was to get together. The night before the luncheon,
we went down to Huntington Beach so they could dunk their toes
in the Pacific.
Excerpts from an email
from Melanie, 1/27/06:
and I want to thank you and Diane for your hospitality and generosity.
We had a wonderful time visiting
with you both. It was great meeting everyone at the luncheon and
having the opportunity to speak with them. Unfortunately, there were
people that I didn't speak with.
Having no religious upbringing, Willie's
story was almost beyond belief. And yet his experiences were so compelling,
fully documented with medical tests, etc,; it is hard to negate them.
I had no idea what he had been through.
Mark, I always thought that I had experienced
a miracle in my life with this whole experience. It seems you have
been witness to many lives being totally transformed.
California is beautiful. I am not sure
that I would venture far from home if I lived where you do.
We did get stuck in traffic leaving
the city, but it was worth it. We arrived home to Mesa about 11:00
pm. Arizona time, so the trip took about 7 hours. Still can't believe
that we have been able to make this trip to Arizona, let alone Mexico
There is a gourd festival in Casa Grande
next weekend that I am hoping to attend. Other than that we will just
hang out here, enjoying a visit with my family and the weather.
Thank you again for putting on the
luncheon. Thank you for everything.
Paulette came by a few days later... really not related
to the luncheon, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to post another
nice shot... we rode to a local spot for lunch then returned to watch
some skydive videos!