This is something that I need to do for my health. I'm 28 and have three degenerative disks in my lower lumbar, and I can no longer support my chest with my back. I tried lots of different thing to try and lose weight to avoid a TT, even became a vegetarian, but alas I have been couch bound for months now! Quitting smoking also didn't help as I have gained 15 pounds since I quit! BLAHHH, but they told me it was really important to not smoke.
So that is what I have gone through up to this point. I tried to get the surgery sooner so that my husband could be with me throughout my recovery, but it didn't work out that way. We also tried explaining to my husband's command that this isn't an elective surgery, since it is related to an existing health condition. But the commander deemed that I could wait another 8 months until my husband got home to do the surgery, for the record my husband's commander is an engineer, not a doctor, but it's the military, and they don't care. So I am braving the surgery on my own, with my 7 year old, with no family near by, and with only my military family to help take care of me!!! Wish me luck!