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A hospital is a place where the infallible fall It is a place where the proudest man becomes a hopeless weakling left to munch on the ice chips that are provided by the friendly volunteer nurse It is a place where dignity and integrity do not exist It is the place where I spent the majority of my middle school yearsWhen I was twelve years old I found myself entering Women and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo with a knot in both my back and my stomach The knot in my back was caused by a tethered spinal cord The doctors had patiently explained that it was a serious but common effect of Spina Bifidathe disorder that Ive known since birth They told me to think of my spinal cord as a rubber band thats held down As I grew taller the spinal cord would stretch out until it would finally snap an action that would be fatal My stomach was knotted due to the stress of the upcoming surgery The surgeons were going to have to untether the cord in order to save my lifeMy memories of that day are meager I recall the vibrant fluorescent lights in the operating room I remember the unbearable pain that I experienced when I awoke I remember asking why the room was so dark at the time I didnt realize that the operation had gone into the night I remember that my attending doctor was cryinga sign that was usually never good He explained that they had untethered the cord but they had to cut several nerves to do so Even now I still dont know all of the medical facts What I do know is that on November 7th 2006 I walked into the hospital and on December 3rd I wheeled outIn a strange way that day made me stronger To this day I refuse to cry about what happened Tears arent going to heal my back
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