Where do we begin…

7 May

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Well, at the prompting of Ron, I am trying to start a blog to help keep family and friends informed of what is going on with Molly. Many of you may not know this yet, but Molly was diagnosed last Thursday, (2 days after her 13th birthday) with Scheuermann’s Disease. We were a smidge floored although I suspected it but not at the level of which she has.

Let me back up a bit….Around Christmas time, Ron, Connor and I all noticed at the same time, something different about Molly’s back. She had bent over to pick something up and we saw a bend in her back where it shouldn’t have been. We all made some startled gasp which of course, freaked her out.

At first, we must have been in denial, we thought this was some muscular issue and would work itself out. In February, when it hadn’t changed, we made an appointment with the pediatrician. Our pediatrician then ordered xrays for Molly. The results came back a few days later from the radiologist that Molly had a 14 degree scoliosis curve in her lumbar area and an advanced exaggerated kyphotic curve in her thoracic area. Their suggestion was to see a spinal surgeon asap.

Well, the earliest we could get in was about 6 weeks later, which was last Thursday, May 1 at 2:15pm. Sadly, my stepmother from my youth, Vivianne, died Friday, April 25 and her scheduled very small service was slated for May 1 at 3pm in Grosse Pointe, MI. I struggled with missing the service and tried to reschedule the dr. appt but we couldn’t get another for over a month and we weren’t comfortable with that.

While at the spinal surgeon (Dr. Dale Rowe of MSU KCMS), we were informed of Molly’s diagnosis. We were told that Molly has about an 85 degree kyphotic curve. They informed us that Molly has what is called Scheuermann’s Disease.

This is what we know about Scheuermann’s Disease/Kyphosis(pronounced shoi-er-mans):

Scheuermann's Kyphosis

  • It is a genetic condition carried by a recessive gene from either Ron or I. Our boys have a 50% chance of having it and will need to be followed carefully.

  • Scheuermann’s is characterized by abnormal, wedged-shaped vertebrae that cause the thoracic spine to curve too much. Scheuermann’s kyphosis develops over time during periods of bone growth (such as puberty). It occurs when the front of the spine doesn’t grow as fast as the back of the spine and causes healthy, rectangular-shaped vertebrae to become triangular-shaped and wedged together. This causes the thoracic spine to curve more than normal. Patients become stooped forward with a bent-over posture. It shows up right after the child has a growth spurt and the spine doesn’t grow up but rather bends out.

  • Scheuermann’s is differentiated from postural kyphosis (one caused by poor posture) by the following: if patient has a curve of over 50 degrees, if a patient has three or more adjacent vertebrae that are wedged together by at least 5 degrees per segment (15 degrees total across three segments) ,and if the patient has small disc herniations through the endplates of the vertebrae (called Schmorl’s nodes).

  • It is more common in boys than in girls.

  • The condition affects children aged 13-16 yrs and the diagnosis is rarely made prior to 10 years.

  • Patients with curves greater than 70-75 degrees require surgery.

  • Surgery is a spinal fusion of all vertebra affected.

Here is another link regarding the information above…

So, now our heads are reeling and the doc proceeded to tell us that it was suggested that Molly needs an 11 level (or 11 vertebrae) spinal fusion. This would be a 6 hour surgery which would require about a weeks stay in the hospital and about 1 month of intensive recovery followed by 5 more months of recovery to get Molly back active.

We were a bit blown away and Molly was quite the trooper through it all. She started to cry after the doctors left, but not much. She had an inkling that something would have to be done back when we found out she had this. She knew her options were possibly a brace or surgery. She was very afraid of having to wear the brace and what her classmates would say. Kids can be cruel.

Now, the brace wasn’t an option and it was all overwhelming. He explained that the spinal fusion would consist of screwing in stainless screws into the pedicles of her vertebra and these would then house clips to hold the two 1.5 foot titanium rods that would be placed along her spine to straighten it. They would shave off parts of her vertebra and then add bone from either her hip or a bone bank to fuse the vertebrae all together.

We went home with our heads spinning and began to learn about this as much as possible. Ron and I agreed we definitely needed a 2nd opinion.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Since this surgery is so long and on such a tricky part of her body, we wanted to find a doc who does this surgery ALL the time.

One of the doctors we were looking into was Dr. Lloyd Hey. Dr. Hey practices out of Duke Raleigh Medical Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has a scoliosis/kyphosis clinic down there and that is all he does primarily. I had found his blog several weeks ago and was impressed with how his blog informed of his scoliosis and kyphosis patient’s surgeries with photos and details. Ron, Molly, and I went back to this site and read for quite a while. Ron became so impressed that he felt we should check this guy out. Ron then said we should see his credentials and we went to that page. Whoa! We were floored. After Ron read it, he had no doubt that this is they guy we wanted to see Molly.

Dr. Hey, in a nutshell, graduated from MIT undergrad, Harvard Medical School, did his residency at Harvard’s Orthopaedic program, a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and this was the kicker for us, a neurosurgical fellowship at Duke.

To give a little background on Dr. Hey, he was in a very severe automobile/moped accident when he was 16 years old. He almost lost his life and leg. He was in the hospital for 3 months and endured 11 surgeries. His leg had somehow lost 2 inches of bone and he had to wear a metal device called a fixator. (Sort of seems like a halo but for the leg). It was so painful for him that he drafted his own device by transferring his xrays and the fixator’s measurements to graph paper. He then created his own “fixator” after changing it from its original parallelgram shape to a more triangular shape. His father took the plans to the Grumman Machine shop where they made the new device out of metal. They then asked Dr. Hey’s doctor to put the device on him. To us, that is just amazing.

Ron and I had decided to contact this doctor. Ron filled out a consult request and sent it to them over the weekend.

Mondy, May 5, 2008

We spoke with Meredith today over the phone. She is the scheduler down at Dr. Hey’s clinic. What a very nice, sweet, young lady she was. She was so accomodating and helpful. Meredith explained to us that Dr. Hey does his surgeries,2 a day, Monday-Thursday and sees new patients on Fridays. She said that Dr. Hey is a dad of two teenage children and doesn’t want to miss one of their games and they play on Fridays, so she wanted to find us a spot on a Friday when they didn’t play. (We totally understand with 3 being in Little League) If this date didn’t work for us, he could see us on a Monday through Thursday day between surgeries.

Meredith gave us the date of Friday, May 23 and it worked great for us. Ron went and found plane tickets via cheaptickets.com and we bought them to fly in on the Thursday before. I had arranged for Connor and Matthew to stay with our good friends, the Carusos. It worked perfectly as they go to the same school and Connor plays on the same baseball team as two of their sons. The only hitch was Connor has an all day field trip to Greenfield Village that day, which I was to chaperone but that was okay.

Later that afternoon

Around 3 pm on Monday, Meredith called me back from NC and wanted to let me know that Dr. Hey wanted to offer to do several phone consults on the phone vs. having us fly down to meet him. He said that many of his out of state and international patients will send their xrays and pics to him to look at and they will just speak on the phone several times. Then if patients decide to go with him, they schedule the surgery and come in a day ahead of time for the in person visit. Then she said he was there, if we wanted to speak with him. So, Ron and I conference-called him and spoke with him for about 20 minutes. He asked questions like “How tall we were” because he wanted to gauge how much taller Molly could be. Molly is 5’3″ right now but apparently after surgery will be 1- almost 2″ taller! And he needed to figure out where she is in her growth spurts. He also asked about our boys and that we need to follow them closely. He told us he generally does adolescent surgeries done in about 3.5 to 4 hours and that her hospital stay will be about 3-4 days long depending on what she has done. This sounds better to us than a 6 hour surgery.

Molly had many concerns, of course, about this surgery and one of them involved her sports. Molly plays softball (3rd base), skis and her favorite sport is volleyball. Well, some of these sports, we were told, were going to have to give for a year. We knew it was better to get this surgery done in the Summer for several reasons. One, she could heal and be fairly ready for school. Two, it is better to get this done before she has another growth spurt and her spine bows out some more. But Molly was devastated she wouldn’t be able to play Volleyball on her 8th grade team in the fall. But when Ron asked Dr. Hey about sports, he had said he can put Molly on a fast track rehab that he uses for his high performance athletes and she could be playing Volleyball in the Fall!!!

We were extremely impressed with him after our conversation and discussed the possibility of doing these phone consults vs. going down and meeting him in person first. We are very comfortable with this and Ron went and pushed the button to cancel our plane tickets! Saved us over $1000 in travel fees!

Dr. Hey has asked me to photograph Molly in her bathing suit from the side, front, back all standing and then one of her bending forward but taken from the side. Also, he asked us to have her xrays sent to him so he could analyze them himself and tell us his diagnosis and surgery suggestions. He expected we would talk to him near the end of this week or beginning of next, depending on when the xrays arrive. I contacted Bronson yesterday to get that ball rolling and need to go down today to release them.

Here are some images to show you kids with this exact same condition as Molly. None of these are Molly though.

A teen girl before and after correction.

A teen with Scheuermann's.

A young girl before correction.

A girl with Scheuermann's.

And this is a boy before and after correction.

A boy with Scheuermann's before and after correction.
Meanwhile, we are planning on scheduling Molly for a July surgery. Our plan is for her to have about half her summer to enjoy and then the other half to recuperate. We have discussed with Molly about our different options to do with the boys at that time. Initially, Ron had thought he would go down with us all and then return back to Kzoo to work and take care of the boys and leaving me with Molly in NC. But, after discussing it, we are tentatively planning on just staying down there the whole time. Molly wants both her mom and dad there and as she indicated, she really wants the boys there too. She put it in her thinking and felt that the boys would want to be there too since if it was her, she knows she couldn’t stand being at home if it was her brother going through the same thing. She would want to see him and support him. The boys would rather go with us too, than stay.

What we think we will do, although plans can change, is to be with Molly at the hospital on the first day. Ron will then be able to do outings, sight seeing, etc. with the boys on the other days and visit Molly whenever. I would stay with her and it sounds like they even have a bed for us to stay in her room with her. Ron and I could trade off too. Ron has a cousin, Kathy, and her husband Ralph, who live in Wilmington (about 2 hours away) and I know he is hoping to connect and visit with her too.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

It is a lot to process. But we wanted to start a blog to keep family and friends updated. Ron had expressed that there are a lot of people out there that care about Molly and are worried for her and this is a good way to let them all know what is going on.

I will also include a few more links here for those interested in the surgery. These are videos of Dr. Hey actually performing the surgery. These two videos will show you the surgery she will have.

**Warning, they are graphic so if you aren’t into that kind of thing, don’t go. This one here shows a scoliosis surgery (almost identical in technique) with spine correction, rod bends, and bone grafting.Surgery Video #1

And this one shows the pedicle screws and the persuader that is used to correct the spine.
Surgery Video #2

This last video is to the surgery performed at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Molly’s big task now is informing her classmates of her impending surgery. She is a shy girl as it is but she does want them to know about it. Her big fear is that there are some kids who will make fun of her or that some girls and boys will say she is doing this on purpose or faking it or that she is being a baby. Her teacher has asked if she can inform the middle school and we have said yes, but Molly wants to help prepare the info to present to them. We have been looking at journeys of girls about Molly’s age who have gone through this surgery. They have made videos to show others what they have made it through and that others can get through this too. Molly would like to make one when it is all said and done, so we will document her journey for her. Sometime next week, after we find out what Dr. Hey has to say, I will go in to her class as the teacher presents the information. Fortunately, they have a projector with internet access and can present a video or website to help explain. Molly will choose what is presented with our approval.

Here is an example of one girl’s journey.

Let me just say that Molly has been an incredible trooper throughout this week. In fact, the day after her formal diagnosis, she said to me “Mom, this is just what is supposed to happen.” We have said lots of prayers and Matthew especially, blesses her every night along with “Eight Belles”.

Throughout her journey, you may leave comments for Molly or us here. You can leave questions for us too. We will check back and update more often as the time gets closer and as we know of updates. The highlighted items throughout the text are links to different pertaining sites. There are also some links on the right at the top of the blog. I think there may be a way you can subscribe to this blog to be notified of when we update it, but I’m not sure. I’ll look into that.

Thank you all for caring!
Lysanne, Ron, Molly, Connor, and Matthew


150 Responses to “Where do we begin…”

  1. Kathy Sierra May 7, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear about Molly. I am however very happy that you did seek out a second opinion. It is so important for us to be an advocate for ourselves and seek out all of the information we can when any serious health concerns come up. Ralph and I would love to have your family visit us, and if you can’t make it down to the coast we will come up to Raleigh.

    I don’t know if you have discussed this with Dr. Hey or my mom but as you may or may not know, my mom has been through two serious back surgeries. She has four titanium rods and fused discs in her lower back. The first surgery they used a five inch piece of bone from her hip she had a really tough time recuperating from the operation and still has hip pain. The second surgery they were able to use donor bone and the difference in recovery was incredible.

    I know that Molly’s situation is different but you may want to ask the Dr. about using donor bone. And be sure to give my mom a call. We will keep Molly in our thoughts and prayers and I know that she is a real trouper and will pull through this with flying colors. We’ll be in touch – Love, Kathy

  2. Lori Pearson May 7, 2008 at 9:45 pm #

    Wow! It sounds like you have done your homework and Molly will be under the care of a gifted surgeon.

    Molly is a trooper! Let me know if there is anything I can do – ANYTHING. I need to feel like I’m helping somehow.

    We love you, Mol!

    Mrs. P.

  3. Anne Marie May 7, 2008 at 10:34 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear about Molly – but I am glad to
    Hear you are tackling it with knowledge and
    understanding. Thanks for blogging all this, I’m sure
    it helps with the processing of the information also –
    along with letting us all know what is going on.

    We’ll keep Molly and all of you in our prayers. Keep
    us all informed.

  4. Sydney May 8, 2008 at 12:27 am #

    If the kids at school say that you want this and that you just want attention, I will yell at them and try to take them out, it would so be worth the detention, or in school suspension, especially for you. Don’t worry about it, because I promise I will stand up for you, even to the boys. Mrs.Pearson, wouldn’t allow the other kids to say that anyway, plus they would not say that in front of your Mom or Mrs.P. Talk to you soon!!

  5. Aunt Sarah May 8, 2008 at 12:49 am #

    Our thoughts and prayers are and will be with Molly through the next several months. We love you!

  6. Marti Wydick May 8, 2008 at 1:21 am #

    I am so sorry to hear what you are all going through. It does sound like you are all finding a great deal of strength. Please know that I will be praying for Molly and all you R_____s. Once she has told her classmates I will include her in our class intentions. I know that prayers can work wonders, having recently been on the receiving end of so many prayers.
    Marti Wydick

  7. Fr. James May 8, 2008 at 1:42 am #

    Thank you for the blog and the information about Molly’s condition. If there is any way I can be of support, please let me know. I am sure the kids in our school will be supportive and encouraging, as they have in similar situations. A tragedy like this can also focus us on what is important in life. You will all be in my prayers. God Bless.

  8. Aunt Gretchen May 8, 2008 at 3:01 am #

    Molly – you will be blessed and I know everything will be just fine. This is just one of Life’s bumps in the road. I know you will carefully move over this bump in the road and then rev up your sports car and move through life at the pace of a teenager again! We love you! Gretchen, Jim, Hayden, Bridget and Ingrid.

  9. Susan Bradshaw May 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm #

    Lysanne, Ron, and especially Molly,
    My heart aches for you all and the trepidation this diagnosis has put into your lives. But it is so clear to me that you are doing all you can to hasten a healthy and speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Susan

  10. Jane Hanson May 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm #

    Molly – I’m sure you don’t remember when we first
    met. You were so tiny….maybe a couple months old.
    Your Mom and I were college roommates. I can hear
    the strength in you as I read what your Mom has
    written. When I look back at some of the challenges
    life has put before me, I remember the “hidden gifts”
    that appeared. I hope you find many gifts throughout
    this process. We will be sending you loving thoughts
    and prayers.

    Love, The Hansons – Jane, Greg, Frannie, and Mary

  11. Lynn May 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm #

    Lysanne, You brave wonderful woman! Molly will be ok and this is somehting that she will be able to use as a defining moment in her life. She will forever be known as a hero! I am certain that God has great things in store for her and this hurdle will be crossed. I will keep you in my prayers.



  12. Keller family May 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm #

    Thanks for the great updates,

    We are behind you 100%. Hang in there getting all of this figured out!

    The Kellers

  13. Mary Hendricks May 8, 2008 at 9:37 pm #

    Hi Molly,
    You and your parents are a shining example of what a family can do and will do to help a child. It seems like they found the best surgeon to correct your spine and get you on the road to healing. Your courage is amazing!! We will be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. I appreciate the blog and will look forward to your updates. I am certain that everything will be fine. You have an army of people thinking about you and praying for you.
    God be with you,
    Mrs. Hendricks

  14. Wren May 8, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    Molly i hope you do so much better!
    We all feel sooooo bad for you!
    I will pray for you every night! I swaer and
    if i don’t well then i will feel so bad
    that i will say like 50 hail marys (maries?) I PROMISE.
    You can take my word for that.
    I hope you feel better and i will see you at school.
    Here is a huge Smile just for you:
    Well i hope that Sydney doesn’t have to beat
    ayone up.

  15. Molly May 8, 2008 at 11:53 pm #

    Thank you all your kind comments and support!!

    I Luv you guys!!!


  16. Skyler May 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    Dear Miley,
    I hope your doing great for your back! I hope this doesn’t affect your singing.

  17. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 10, 2008 at 10:26 pm #

    I’m so behind you all the way! I know this is scary but it’s all going to be all right!! Molly you have been such a good friend and I’m going to pray for you!! Molly even if you can’t do volleyball in the fall, you will always be there in spirit!!!

    Your second sister,

  18. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm #

    In my note before this I forgot to mention that I’m so going to help Sydney if anyone says anything about it!!
    Your Second Sister,

  19. Brian Aldrich May 11, 2008 at 2:11 am #

    Dear Molly & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your surgery. I can only
    imagine how scary it will be for you. My Mom and I
    will keep you in our prayers. It sounds like your Mom
    & Dad have found a great doctor to take care of you.
    My Mom had surgery on her neck and back. She even
    had bone taken from her hip. I’m sure my Mom would
    talk to you about that if you wanted. If I can do any
    thing for you, I hope you will tell me. We will keep
    praying for you and your family!

  20. Mancuso Family May 11, 2008 at 11:07 am #


    We want to let you know that we support you and if you need anything, let us know.

    As time passes, you can become a supporter for other kids that will be going through the same process. You are a very brave and will get through this with “flying colors”. Keep your faith and everything will work out fine. To put everything in perspective, you are healthy and have great parents and brothers as well as friends to support you.

    The Mancuso’s

  21. Kaileb Bowers May 11, 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    Hey Molly,

    My mom showed me your blog too cool, love the green. I want a website but not if it means a surgery like yours. I’m sorry to hear about your spine. Don’t worry about support cause your supercool family and all your friends will have so much support that you won’t know what to do with it. Hope that your surgery goes well and if your family needs any help i’ll do the lawn mowing but i think i’ll leave the cooking up to my mom!!!!!!

    hang in there and keep us posted, kaileb

  22. Cassi May 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm #


    I’m really sorry that you have to go through
    this. You don’t deserve to have to. You have been a great friend to ev eryone. I don’t think anyone will make fun of you. Everyone really like you because you are nice to everyone. I am SO with Sydney and Taylor.
    Everything is going to be all right. We’re behind you all the way. See you tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!! Friends Forever,

  23. Cassi May 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm #

    Remember we love you and are here for you,

  24. JoeAmat May 11, 2008 at 8:49 pm #

    You are very tough going through that surgery, I would never be able to go through that. I hope your surgery goes well and that you come back to school soon.
    Joe Amatalatadingdong

  25. Erin W May 11, 2008 at 11:57 pm #

    You are such a great friend and we all love you so much. You are being so strong and I can’t imangine what you are going through. We are all so proud of you. And if anyone says anything about you I will kick their butts. You don’t deserve this and I know you’ll get through this. I hope you get better. One thing is for sure our volleyball team won’t be as good without you. LOVE YOU. GET BETTER!!!!!!!!

  26. The Monroes May 12, 2008 at 4:07 am #

    We are so sorry to hear that. I know Molly will persevere. It will make her stronger and a better parent when she is older. Bryan was familiar with all the orthopedics stuff and said it sounded like you are getting the best care. He didn’t know of that doctor but I am asking my neighbor who is also in orthopedics, at a spinal implant company here. Bry’s company sold their spine product line. We will keep up with the blog. She doesn’t seem to have pain? What a blessing. I suppose this will kill any possibility of y’all visiting this summer. My kids will be bummedJ. We miss you all.

    Take care,

    Bryan and Wendy

  27. Katy Proctor May 12, 2008 at 4:09 am #

    Dear Molly, Lysanne and Ron,

    Just this minute read your email and am so sorry.

    Molly, you deserve the blue ribbon for bravery. Your parents have done the research and chosen the best possible doctor for you and with God’s blessing and the prayers of your family and friends you are going to recover nicely.

    Love you lots,
    Katy Proctor

  28. Corky O'Rourke Thomas May 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    β€œMom, this is just what is supposed to happen.” I am
    so impressed with Molly’s courage. She will help
    others as much as they help her. My prayers are added
    with all who are praying for Molly and your whole family.

    God is good – all the time.

    All the time God is good.


    Corky O’Rourke Thomas

  29. Mrs. Tompkins May 12, 2008 at 7:41 pm #

    Molly, I am just finding out about your illness. I am so
    glad to hear that you are letting a lot of people know
    about this especially at St. A’s. I don’t know if you
    remember but a few years ago I had a scary stay in
    the hospital too. I counted on the prayers of the
    St. A’s family. THEY REALLY WORK! God will heal you
    Molly. He has to because he has so much in store
    for you during your lifetime. He wants you to trust
    him so he can comfort you when you are afraid.

    Please know that the whole Tompkins family will be
    praying for you during your surgery this summer. You
    are a beautiful child of God. Stay strong!!
    The Tompkins Family

  30. Anne Wickham May 12, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    We will keep you and your whole family in our prayers every day.
    It’s obvious your parents have already put some much effort into
    finding you wonderful doctors. I’m sure everything will go well for you.
    If there is anything we can do for you or your family you know all you
    need do is ask. What we have learned through our years at St. A’s
    is that when the chips are down everyone there comes through, just as
    any really great family does!

  31. Jared Wickham May 12, 2008 at 11:09 pm #

    Hey Molly,
    Im really sorry to hear about what you have to go through, and i dont thik i could ever do it. It looks like you and your family have found a pretty awesome doctor to take good care of you. Hope all goes well!


  32. Nathan Schneck May 12, 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    Hey Molly

    I heard about your surgery and it sounds very scary but i heard that you are being very strong about going through it. i hope that it goes very safe and that you can come back to school as soon as possible. me and my family will be praying for you to get well. if you want to know my grandma is a spine nurse and does the same surgery that you go through and you can call her if you have any questions about it and my mom used to have a job where she would be in the operating room and watch spinal surgery just like yours so she could talk to you too.


    Nathan Schneck

  33. Wren May 12, 2008 at 11:32 pm #

    This whole time i was thinking about me and
    what i could do to help you instead of tinking about
    you and put myself in your position. I have never
    had surgery before and i have no idea what its like
    but if i think of my parents coming home from the
    doctor and telling me that i was getting surgery i
    have no idea what i would do! Just remember to
    be strong and you WILL get through this and if you
    don’t i will get sooo depressed! You are always
    so nice to everyone at school. I wish i could be
    like that but people have reputations and mine
    wouldn’t fit in with that. Well here is more smiles for
    you: :)! -wReN bUrToN

  34. Wren May 12, 2008 at 11:36 pm #

    P.S. Dr Hey sounds like a good doctor for you!
    P.S.S. He has an awesome name
    P.S.S.S. My Grandpas, doctors, name is Dr. Smiley
    (No joke)

  35. Drew Uryga May 12, 2008 at 11:45 pm #

    Molly, Lysanne, and Ron,

    Our families prayers are with you guys. You should be confident that you have done your homework, and are getting the finest care available!! Coming from someone who knows – spinal fusion isn’t the end of the world (I have two rods, and six pedicale screws). I was certainly worried about loss of motion, and the long recovery, but it went by pretty quickly, and you will be amazed how your body will adapt, and let you move regardless of the rods!! Keep the positive attitude, it helps more than you realize!!

    God Bless!!

    Drew and Laura Uryga

  36. John Ziolkowski May 13, 2008 at 1:08 am #

    Hey Molly-
    Sorry to hear you have to have this surgery. Don’t
    worry what anybody else thinks – you’ll be fine. Wish
    you the best of luck and see ya around!

    John Z.

  37. Takacs Family May 13, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi Molly and Family;

    We just heard! You will be in our prayers. We are so sorry you have to go through this. Please rely on your faith and let God work his miracles through your suffering! You will be rewarded greatly!!! Lysanne, If I can do anything…please just ask. You are very special people and God WILL be at your side…lean on him.

    Love and Prayers to you,
    Colleen and Family

  38. Jackie Stone May 14, 2008 at 11:36 pm #

    Dear Molly,

    I just found out about your blog! It’s pretty cool. I’m so sorry that you have to go through this. You so don’t deserve it! I’m glad you found that great doctor in NC that can help you out. And, if I remember right, you told me the recovery doesn’t take as long either! I really hope that you will be able to play volleyball with us when we’re back in school next year, cause the team wouldn’t be the same without you!

    My family and I will be praying for you everyday!


  39. Jackie Stone May 14, 2008 at 11:39 pm #

    P.S. I love that picture of you way up on the top of the screen! You look so cute in it!

  40. Jane Parikh (Spencer Walter's mom) May 15, 2008 at 2:16 am #

    Molly and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    A positive attitude is everything in situations like yours and you all sound incredibly positive.
    If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know,

  41. Cassi May 15, 2008 at 11:02 pm #

    It’s Cassi again!!!!

    Remember to stay strong through everything because in the end, it will all work out! I loved when Wren wrote the comment about her reputation in there!! That was funny!!! If anyone says anything bad about you, Sydney, Taylor, Erin, and I will take care of it!!! We all love you and hope you get better soon!!! See you in school tomorrow!!!!
    ~ Cassi
    P.S. You can still play Volleyball, can’t you? Even if the doctor says you can’t, you will because I’ve seen you play and the team won’t be the same without you!!!!

  42. Sabrina May 16, 2008 at 1:11 am #

    You rock molly and i know youll be strong through this whole thing. I promise to visit you every day and i swear to be there when u get home from North Carolina

    ~Love u lots. Sabrina:)

  43. Wren May 18, 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    People keep saying stuff about
    volleyball? That doesn’t matter!
    All that matters is that you will
    be a-okay.

    … πŸ™‚

  44. Wren May 18, 2008 at 7:00 pm #

    P.S. My reputation thing wasn’t
    supposed to be funny.
    Its true.

  45. Margie Stone May 19, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    Hi Molly,

    “It’s the character that’s the strongest that God gives the most challenges too”.

    We admire your strength and courage. The Stone family loves you and will be praying hard for you.

    Margie Stone

  46. Tony, Beth, Joseph and Jackie V. May 20, 2008 at 2:35 am #

    Hi Molly,

    Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Tony went to school with your dad, and it’s been a real pleasure getting to know your family. It’s great to see you all at the Little League games. We admire your bravery, and this blog is awesome. It’s a really nice way to be connected and offer support and encouragement. We wish you all the best!
    Tony, Beth, Joseph and Jackie van den Hombergh

  47. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 22, 2008 at 7:23 pm #

    It’s Taylor again, your mom came in and talked to us today as i wrote earlier I’m will pray for you along the way!! It is so cool that you have this blog!! everyone is so writting on this, you are so cool!! I’m sorry I haven’t posting anything lately I have been drowned in homework and track, but that is no excuse, you are my friend. Molly I’m so prpoud of you for being so brave and strong, this isn’t fair that it is happening to you, but God wanted it this way!! this new surgeon you are going to sounds really good, and i’m sure you have nothing to fear. Even if something goes wrong (which it won’t) I will always be your friend. i have known you since we were born and you will always be my second sister!! Anyway you don’t have to worry about volleyball because I know if you really want to do it you will make it happen!!
    Lots of luv from your second sister,

  48. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 22, 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    O.K Molly on that last note i meant to leave you a smiley face!! But I’ve got no idea how to do it!! WREN HOW DO YOU DO IT!! (:(:(:

  49. Wren May 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm #

    Taylor you have to put a space between them!

  50. Wren May 22, 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    Hey Molly,
    Will you leave a message with a smiley face?
    It makes me happy when i make one so maybe
    you won’t worry about your surgery for a
    second while you smile with your smiley!

    P.S. We all love you Miley!

  51. Haley May 22, 2008 at 11:25 pm #

    Okay, like I really wanted to put like a special comment that was all like unique and original, and like oh my god when i type these words are like going off the page!!! anyway so like i wanted it to be all unique, but like evryone else already like summed it. So yeah i hope your surgery goes well. Actually I KNOW it will like totally go awesome. So yeah. I’m having like a mahor blonde moment I can’t think of anything to put!!! Oh and i like love the shade of green!!!

    -Haley ❀ (get it it’s a heart!)

  52. Molly May 23, 2008 at 12:09 am #

    Thanks guys!!

    I luv all your comments!!!!
    Thanks for all your comments and support!!!

    ~Molly~ πŸ™‚

  53. Sydney May 23, 2008 at 12:38 am #

    Everything will be fine, and everyone is behind you all the way, everyone is so supportive and like super kind. Everything will work out just fine! I am behind you all the way, along with everyone else. Doctor Hey sounds like a great doctor, and has an awesome name!!! After this is over with you will feel much better!!!!!!!

  54. dan May 23, 2008 at 12:38 am #

    hey molly,

    this blog thing is pretty sweet. it gives all the info.

    -dan thayer

  55. dan May 23, 2008 at 12:42 am #

    ull be fine, and on the bright side, ull be taller. the
    doctor sounded very prestigious, and he should do a
    great job. GOOD LUCK, u have my full support!!!


    PS. Hey taylor, watch this πŸ™‚ ha! n00b

  56. Cassi May 23, 2008 at 11:55 pm #

    Hey Molly,
    Can you ask your mom what song plays first on the video of the girls journey. I heart it!!!! See you on Tuesday!!!!! Luv Ya!
    ~ Cassi

  57. Lysanne R May 24, 2008 at 4:50 pm #


    The song is by Hilary Duff and it is called “Someone’s Watching Over Me.”

    It is a nice song, isn’t it?

    Mrs. R.

  58. Cassi May 24, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    Mrs. R.,
    Ya, I thought it was a cool song. I watch the video a lot. I think it is cool how they put it together. I think Molly should do something like that. It is cool to watch! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    ~ Cassi

  59. Jackie Stone May 25, 2008 at 12:39 am #

    Hi Molly : ) Did the smiley thing work? I’m so impressed that you haven’t complained about this at all! I would be so bad about not complaining, and I think everyone that reads this can confirm that! I feel so bad for you! Luv you lots!!!!!

  60. Erin K. :]] May 27, 2008 at 12:59 am #

    hey molly!
    hope u r doing good and having fun in softball.
    ik this must be hard with all the surgery crap but
    u r doing awesomee!!!!
    see you on wednesday!!
    ILY β™₯

  61. *brookie May 27, 2008 at 1:24 am #

    Hi Molly,
    I hope you’re doing good with you’re back.
    Can’t wait to see you on Wendsday!
    You’re friend,

  62. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 27, 2008 at 8:01 pm #

    hey molly!!
    how’s it going!! i’m still trying to get the smiley face but i can’t do it!! (: (: (: see!! it is so confusing!!
    -tador tot

    p.s. Dan I am not a n00b so ha :)!! dang it!!

  63. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm #

    hey molly!!
    o.k. my brother is being so annoying, but he still is concerned!! you are un my prayers!!!

    -tador tot

    p.s. still not working!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and erin had a heart!!

  64. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 27, 2008 at 8:11 pm #

    we’re still loving ya!!! πŸ™‚

  65. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm #

    the day you go into your surgery everyone will be thinking of u!! every1 who wrote on this blog loves u!! U R the best Mal!!!

    -tador tot πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ hee!! hee!!

  66. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    molly u are so amazingly tolerant! u have not complained at all!! u r rocking at softball, and will shine in volleyball!! so don’t worry u will b back at school in no time at all!! ik the thought of metal in your body scares u but trust me i have had experience!! i have an ortho doc. who LOVES 2 screw stuff into u!!

    -tador tot
    p.s. OMG u have him 4 1 2!!! well this 4 u πŸ™‚ and this for him 😦

  67. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 27, 2008 at 10:37 pm #

    mal say hey to dr. hey 4 me!! that is soooooo cool!!

    -tador tot ❀ ❀

  68. Cassi May 28, 2008 at 7:55 pm #

    Dr. Hey is a cool name!!!! Sorry if i wrote 2 much on the last 1!
    C u tmrow!
    ~ Cassi ( What can my nickname be? Any1 have any ideas???????)
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Taylor, here’s 1 4 ur Orthodontist! 😦

  69. Savannah May 28, 2008 at 9:53 pm #

    Hey Molly,
    Awesome Blog, I hope that you feel better about having this surgery, now then you did before. I will think about you, especially on July 17th.

  70. Sydney May 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    Dear Molly,
    Everything will go fine with your surgery, because you have the best doctor that you could have!!!! Also you get to fly down there, which is fun, which is a plus!!!
    ❀ : )

  71. Sydney May 29, 2008 at 8:29 pm #

    Hey MOlly,
    I hope that you feel better about having this surgery, see you tomorrow!! :):):)

  72. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 29, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    i forgot u get to fly down there, to have the surgery!! well i u r still nervous u shouldn’t be cuz u have a gr8 doc.!!! during the time waiting for the sergery u shouldn’t think about it!! try and have some πŸ™‚ FUN πŸ™‚ !!

    -tador tot

    p.s. cassi, thanks for the frowny face!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  73. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    just something 4 u!!!!!

    -tador tot ❀ ❀

  74. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor May 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm #

    1 4 u πŸ™‚ !!

    -tador tot

  75. Kaitlyn Lauer May 30, 2008 at 2:02 am #

    Hi Molly,

    Thank you for all the updates on you and your sugery.
    I hope that you will feel much better. My family and
    me will be there for you as much as we can.

    -Kaitlyn and the Lauer family

  76. Cassi May 31, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    Taylor, U r welcome 4 the frowny faces. Here are some happy 1’s 4 u and Molly!
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Mrs. R., the slideshow waz gr8 yesturday! i loved the picture of us with the black stuff on r faces!!!!

    Molly, I will c u on Mon. Darn it, we have 2 do r religion story books over the weekend. I’ll have 2 put that of till Sunday night…………

    I still can’t figure out how 2 do the hearts,
    but oh well!

    ~ Cassi

  77. Takacs Family June 1, 2008 at 10:42 pm #

    Molly & Family:

    Wow…you sure sound like you are in great hands with your surgeon. We will continue to pray for all of you. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you through the summer. You know, if we can do ANYTHING….please just ask.

    Love & Prayers,
    The Takacs Family

  78. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 3, 2008 at 12:25 am #

    mrs. r-
    the year book is awesome, i really luv the volleyball pics, the slide show was super gr8 2!! heres 4 u πŸ™‚ !! and molly keep holding on!! πŸ™‚ !!

    -tador tot ❀ ❀ !

  79. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 3, 2008 at 12:27 am #

    πŸ™‚ ILY πŸ™‚

    -tador tot πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  80. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 3, 2008 at 12:35 am #

    i don’t know if i mentioned it b4 but like EVERYONE is writting on ur blog!!
    i have been finally reading through them and what people have wrote is sooooo sweet!!

    lots of luv
    TaDoR tOt πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  81. Sabrina June 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm #

    Molly u rock and i know you will be strong

    Sabrina πŸ™‚

  82. Sydney June 5, 2008 at 12:58 am #

    Everything will work out okay, and I hope that you will like that we are praying a Rosary for you! Luv ya lots! 33

  83. Cassi June 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    Hey Molls! Sorry if I hurt your arm on the spinny ride thing at the carnival last night! Those rides are NOT my thing! Erin, Kate, Molly, and Taylor, I made a HUge sacrifice to go on the Farris Wheel and the spinny thing!!!!!!!!!! Oh, well. I’m glad I went on them with you guys. Erin and Kate, you guys are way braver than me! My stomach couldn’t handle that zipper ride thing! See you guys on Monday!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    ~ Cassi

  84. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 12, 2008 at 7:11 pm #

    wow, its already the end of the year!! it has gone by soooo fast!! i am totally gona miss u!! i hope ur surgery goes well!! keep us posted!!

    tador tot πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    p.s. it was cool c-ing rose 2day @ school!! well c u in 8th grade!!!

  85. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 12, 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    mrs. r this blog was a gr8 idea!! it is sooo cool and informitive!! thanks 4 making it!!!!

    ~tador tot~
    p.s. is rose still staying with molly’s grandma?

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  86. Erin :]] June 12, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    hey molly!
    sorry i wasnt at our game this weeek :[[
    i had other plans
    but i heard the score LOL
    hehehhe so ill see u later!
    hope ur surgery goes amazingly well
    me and sabrina and haley will come and visit!

  87. Cassi June 13, 2008 at 12:42 pm #

    Hey Molls,
    Is the Erin girl who posts, Erin Wilson? I don’t think it is, but I’m just making sure! 7th grade flew by SO fast! It seems like just a few days ago, we were walking in on the first day of school! Now we will begin 8th grade and I am kind of nervous, but also very excited!!!! I hope your surgery goes amazingly fabulous AND MAKE SURE TO KEEP US POSTED!!!! WE WANT INFO!!!!!!! lol JK!!! See you in 8th grade, and I’ll miss you over the summer, but I’ll e-mail you!! Remember, you wrote your E-mail address on the back of my report card, yestaurday!!!!!!!!!!! See you on August 26th! ILY!

    ~ Cassi

  88. Sydney June 13, 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    Hey Molly,
    Hope that your surgery goes GREAT!!! ILY!!! 3

  89. Cassi June 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    ❀ ❀

    Hope your surgery goes gr8!!!!!! Imagine the hearts. I still can’t get them to work! ILY

  90. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 16, 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    OMG!! this year flew by soooo fast!! 4 the most part it was a gr8 year b-sides the gossip!! if u r worried about ur surgery don’t b, just remember we (EVERYONE) r ur friends!! we luv u!!

    ~tador tot~
    p.s. is that erin, erin wilson? well can u ask her how u do the notes, the heart, nand the funky smiley face!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :):)

  91. Cassi June 16, 2008 at 11:17 pm #

    Taylor, I totally agree with u! The year was awesome besides r stupid gossiping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish it had never even happened! It’s ok 2 b nervous about your surgery cuz every1 gets nervous sometimes. Just remember that wur behind u every step of the way & the surgery is going to go gr8. Wur all nervous 2, I’m not gonna lie, but I am placing my trust in God & I know everything is gonna b alright! I miss every1 SO much, but I’ll see you all in late August!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ~ Cassi

  92. Cassi June 16, 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    Molls, I’m sorry if what I wrote earlier about all of us being nervous & stuff was not a great thing 2 write on the blog. I apoligize that it wasn’t really “uplifting”!!!!!!! We ❀ U!!!!!!!!!


  93. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 17, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    that’s ok cassi, b-cuz i feel the same way!! molly its ok 2 say ur nervous, b-cuz the very first time i heard about the surgery, b4 ur mom told our class, and every1 new, i was soooo scared, but its alright now b-cuz u have an awsome surgeon!! *ILY*

    ~tador tot~

    p.s. can’t wait 2 c u in august, with every1 else!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  94. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    w e l u v u !

    8) tador tot 8)

  95. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    molly i’m going 2 pray 4 u over the summer!! i have faith in God that ur surgery will go well, nad u wil b back and better than ever 2 play volleyball in the fall!! lot of luv from ur 2nd sis,

    tador tot
    p.s. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  96. Jackson June 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    Dear Molly,
    I hope your back surgery goes well. I am going to pray for you this summer. I feel bad for you that you have to go through this surgery, and I know you feel because I had surgery when I was 1 and one when I was 4 years old.

    Jackson Bradshaw πŸ™‚

  97. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 17, 2008 at 5:13 pm #


    UR 2ND SIS.
    TADOR TOT πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  98. Jackson M. June 18, 2008 at 6:41 pm #

    I hope that your surgery goes well! Hope you all have fun in N.C.! πŸ™‚

  99. Cassi June 19, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    Hey Molls!!!!! I hope your surgery goes fantabulous!!!! I’ll see you in 8th grade! How does your friend Erin leave all the cute little musical notes and hearts???????!!!!!! See ya Soon-ish!!
    Lots of Love and Hugs!!!

    ~ Cassi

  100. Cassi June 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm #

    Taylor, how di you do the smiley faces with the sunglasses? Am I just an idiot or what?!

  101. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 19, 2008 at 7:24 pm #

    hey molls, hows it going? my finger just got slammed in a door and it hurts alot!! 😦 Jackson didn’t mean 2 though!! how is ur summer going? i hope ur doing gr8!! can’t wait 2 c every1 again, but i’m reallly dreading the work!! well keep C 8) 8) L!!

    lots of luv,
    tador tot

    p.s. its a secret cassi!! 8) call me about it!!

  102. Skyler June 22, 2008 at 12:11 am #


  103. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 22, 2008 at 10:39 pm #

    8) πŸ™‚ ::) πŸ™‚ 8)

  104. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm #

    moll, i’m going 2 try and write something everyday, whether it just be a smiley face or a loooong message!! if i have aready been trying 2 but i 4get alot!! 😦 SORRY 😦 if i don’t write i’m probably gone or i just 4got (stupid me!!)!! well have a faburific summer!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    ~tador tot~

  105. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    hey molly!! how is ur back doing, it doesn’t hurt does it? i hope not!! πŸ™‚ r u sleeping in every morning? i am!! i have been praying 4 u!!! good luck with ur surgery!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ =)

    ~tador tot~

  106. Sydney June 23, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    Hey Molly,
    Guess what my new favorite movie is, Camp Rock of course! I hope that your summer is going GREAT!!!! =) πŸ™‚

  107. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 24, 2008 at 6:03 pm #

    molly is sydney being sarcastic, cuz i’m not sure?

    ~tador tot~ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ =) 8) =) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  108. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 27, 2008 at 6:56 pm #

    molls, i am sooo sorry i didn’t write anything!! i just totally spaced!!! i hope writing makes u feel better about ur surgery, and less alone!! *ILY*

    ~tador tot~

    p.s. i wonder if people r on va-c, cuz they’re not writing!! best of luck!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  109. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 27, 2008 at 6:58 pm #

    8) 8)

  110. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor June 27, 2008 at 7:00 pm #

    lot’s of luv from ur 2nd sis,
    tay-tay πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚

  111. Mrs. Latshaw June 30, 2008 at 5:42 pm #


    Just letting you know that I was thinking and praying for you and your family today. Hope you are enjoying this cool weather.
    Best of luck,
    Mrs. Latshaw

  112. Cassi July 3, 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    Hey Molly!!!! Did you watch Camp Rock? The movie kinda stunk but I got most of the songs stuck in my head!!! Ttttttttt-hhhhh-iiiiii-sssss
    iiiiii-sssssss mmmmmm-eeeeee!!!!!! Just imagine me singing!!!! I hope your surgery goes fantabulous and i will pray for you!!!!!!
    Love ya,

  113. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    hey molly!! i’m up in the U.P. with my family!! right now i’m looking at lake superior and i’m totally thinking of u!! how is it going in kzoo? it is really pretty up here!! ru psyched 4 the 4th of july, i am!! wish u were here!!! best of luck with ur surgeru!! 😦 😦 8)

    my grandparents, parents, cousins, aunt, uncle, jackson, and i say hi!! luv ya lots!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 8)

  114. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 3, 2008 at 5:37 pm #

    molly those were not supposed 2 b frowny faces!! they wee supposed 2 b smiley faces, i’m on my dad’s computer and it’s all funky!! πŸ™‚ 8) :0


  115. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 5, 2008 at 3:40 am #

    hey molly!! i hope ur 4th of july was as awesome as mine!!! i’m sooooooo tired!! the firework show just got done and it’s 11:36!! HAPPY FORTH OF JULY!!!

    ~tador tot~

    p.s. God Bless America!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  116. Cassi July 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    Hey Molly!!! I hope your 4th of July was Fab! My was. My Aunt, Uncle, and twin cousins came up from Texas. The twins girls are 6 and they are adorable!!!! They left yesterday and I miss them already!!!! Who did you spend the Holidays with? I was with like my entire family from my mom’s side! When do you leave for North Carolina? Isn’t your surgery on the 17th? I will be praying for you!!!! Miss ya and see ya in August. UUU-GGG, that’s only like a month and a half away!! Lylas (Luv you like a sis),
    ~Cassi πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p

  117. Cassi July 7, 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    Oh, and God Bless America too!!!!

  118. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 7, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    hey molly!! we got home late last night from the U.P. (Upper Peninsula)!! our trip was totally fun!!! i hope ur surgery goes well!! best of luck!!

    ~tador tot~

    p.s. when do you leave 4 north carolina? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  119. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 7, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    molly, did u know this clock is 4hrs fast!!

    ~tador tot~ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  120. Wren Marie July 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    Hey Molly!!!
    When do you leave for N.C.? Sorry i haven’t posted in a while our internet was down for a few weeks! Hey Taylor, We got back from Mackinaw last tuesday! I got some stuff from monkey business! Molly, I made a bag for you to bring when you leave for N.C. but i don’t know when to drop it off cause i don’t know when you are home? Well i am sort of bummed cause Hackett is going uniform when our class is Freshmen. This upcoming year, when Megan’ll be a freshman they have to wear ID tags, then when we are freshman, the next year, we have to wear uniforms. I don’t know if its official or anything but we got something in the mail about it from Hackett. They said it would make them closer to the other CSGK schools or something. Well any ways, i am so bored all summer cause i’m not doing anything this summer except going to my grandparents once a week. SO if you need anythiing just ask! Good luck!
    -Wren Marie

    P.S. Here is one hail mary:
    Hail Mary,
    Full of Grace,
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit
    of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary,
    Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners now,
    and at the hour of death.


  121. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 9, 2008 at 8:51 pm #

    molly i’m sooo sorry i havn’t been writting!! i have just totally been in summer zone 8) !! i hope that the notes that cassi and i have been writting, will cheer u up!! πŸ™‚ i really miss u, and i’m looking forword 2 c-ing u in the fall (but not the school!) try and cram as much fun as u possibly can in2 this last week!!

    p.s. keep it C πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ L!!!

  122. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    MoLlY aT tHe VeRy BoTtOm Of ThIs PaGe ThErE iS a TiNy BlAcK sMiLeY fAcE!! DiD u NoTiCe It? LuV u LoTs
    ~TaDoR ToT~

    P.s. πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚ 8)

  123. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 9, 2008 at 9:01 pm #

    Molly it kind of makes me mad that people who said they were going to write havn’t!!
    -Tador Tot πŸ™‚

  124. Wren Marie July 9, 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    Hey molly here is another hail mary!

    Hail Mary,
    Full of Grace,
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit
    of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary,
    Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners now,
    and at the hour of death.

    Taylors right! Almost no-one who said they were going to write does, actually does! Oh! Molly, every time we drive past your street we yell hi. Do you ever hear us? If not, try to listen!

    *******Wren-Marie******* ^..^(itsa cat)
    ❀ πŸ™‚ (oooh, this ones santa) * !!!!!!!!

  125. Wren Marie July 10, 2008 at 5:32 pm #

    My santa didn’t show up! Well anyways, another hailmary:

    Hail Mary,
    Full of Grace,
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit
    of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary,
    Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners now,
    and at the hour of death.

    Luv u lots molly!
    P.S. I’m gonna try my santa again

  126. Sydney July 10, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    Everything will go fine, because you have the best doctor ever, and I just know that he will not mess up, and you will have a speedy recovery!! I promise to pray for you, and have fun in N.C., before you have your surgery!! πŸ™‚
    Luv ya lots,

  127. Wren Marie July 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    Heres another hail mary Molly:

    Hail Mary,
    Full of Grace,
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit
    of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary,
    Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners now,
    and at the hour of death.

    Once again my santa did not show up! Oh well, have a good time in N.C. (if you can) I know everything will go fine!


  128. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    molly when do u leave 4 n.c.? i hope u have a G πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ D time down there b4 ur surgery!! try and make the best of ur time!! o my gosh i miss every1 sooo much, but i get 2 go 2 basketball camp next week!!! molly i have been praying 4 u almost every night and i miss u soooo much!!! i know it must b x-tra scary this last week, but don’t b scared beacuse we r all behind u no matter what if u fall!! my family and i wish u luck on ur surgery!!
    luv u lot’s,
    tador tot πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    p.s. wren i was wondering why u weren’t writting, well now i know ur internet was down!! did u have fun on mackinac island? how was monkey business, i haven’t seen it since august!! wren here is a cool smiley face 2 make ur summer less boring 8) !!

    p.s.s. i can’t believe HCC is going uniform!! 😦

  129. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 11, 2008 at 7:40 pm #

    wren, when i said 2 make ur summer less boring i didn’t mean that ur summer sounded boring, it’s just that u thought it was boring!! πŸ™‚ SORRY
    ~tador tot~

  130. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 11, 2008 at 7:57 pm #

    molly did u know that there is patron saint of computers? his name is St. Isidore of Seville!! i know that is kind of random, but i was looking 4 patron saint of surgery’s!! i found St. Nicholas, patron saint of children, 2 bless u!! also found St. Luke, patron saint of doctors, 2 bless dr. hey!! St. Agnes and St. Maria Goretti, patron saint of girls, also 2 bless u!! and St. Camillus de Lellis and St. John of God, patron saint of hospitals 2 bless the hospital ur going 2 stay at!!
    best wishes,
    tador tot

    p.s. i thought this 1 was St. Fiacre, patron saint of cab drivers!! LOL πŸ™‚

  131. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 11, 2008 at 7:59 pm #

    i did find a patron saint of surgeons, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, St. Luke!!
    c ya,
    tador tot πŸ™‚

  132. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 11, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    i hope these work or i’m going 2 b mad!!
    ~tador tot~

  133. Tador Tot a.k.a. Taylor July 11, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    Ugh! 😦

  134. Wren Marie July 11, 2008 at 9:03 pm #


  135. Wren Marie July 11, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    Monkey business was AWESOME! I got a sweater and a stuffed animal! Did you know that they have a Starbucks on the island now?

  136. Sydney July 11, 2008 at 9:19 pm #

    R Family,
    Piper is doing great, she is sleeping at the moment, and she ate and she seems to be doing good! She doesn’t seem stressed at all and she is doing great with all of our dogs, and none of them seem to be jealous! Her ear seems to be fine right now, and she is very calm! She still likes my Dad, and Skyler still thinks that her name is “Hyper”, and again everything is great, and I hope that everyhting is great for you guys too! Molly good luck with your surgery, I know everything will be just fine, and that you will have a speedy recovery.
    Luv ya lots,

  137. Mrs. Stone July 12, 2008 at 1:30 am #

    Hi Molly,
    Just a quick note to let you know that the Stone family is thinking of you a lot as your surgery day approaches. We can’t wait to see how much taller you will be. Anyway, lots of prayers being said over here at our house.
    Love, Mrs. Stone

  138. Sydney July 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm #

    I miss you so much, and I cant wait to see you when you get back!!! Make sure that you have as much fun as possible before your surgery!!! I will be praying for you!!!
    Luv ya lots,
    P.S. You look adorable in pigtails!

  139. Tador Tot & Air Bear a.k.a Taylor & Erin July 12, 2008 at 9:47 pm #

    hey molly! how’s it going? u better have remembered the stuffed animal i got u! JK!! oh, have u thought of a name?

    ERIN!!!! :p

    hey 2nd sis!! how’s it going down in N.C.? molly i’m s πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ going 2 visit u when u come back!!! i have been praying 4 u every night!! i hope u have fun down there b-4 ur surgery!! make the best of ur time!! luv u lots!!

    ~Tador Tot~ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 8) πŸ™‚ : )

  140. Skyler July 13, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    Have fun with your relatives in Wilmington, and have fun in the ocean and on their boat! Try not to drink too much salt water!! πŸ™‚ I miss you so much, and I cant wait for the surgery to be over so that you can come home, and so that I can see you again!! πŸ™‚ Hope everyone is having an awesome summer!! πŸ™‚ Try to have as much fun as possible, and good luck with your surgery!! Miss you so much!!
    Luv ya lots,

  141. Sydney July 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm #

    Forgot to change it to my name, it was still on Skyler’s from yesterday! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  142. Jared Wickham July 15, 2008 at 2:02 am #

    Hey molly! i reallllly hope your surgery goes well on thursday! like seriously dont worry or anything..it sounds like your in good hands!

    good luck!


  143. Lori Pearson July 17, 2008 at 3:37 pm #

    I have been thinking of you all morning and I am praying like a mad woman! I’ll be in touch soon!
    Mrs. P.

  144. Gretchen Murphy July 17, 2008 at 4:37 pm #

    I am sure everything will go very well Molly! We have enjoyed sharing the jourmey with you on this blog – love the photos! We will see you aoon and we love you.

    Gretchen and Cape Cod Crew.

  145. Mandy1 February 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm #


    Glad to hear Molly is doing well. My son is 15 yrs and his paediatrician has referred him to have x-rays (taking him next week). He has had back pain for around 4 yrs since having an accident on his trampoline (he fell backwards though was not seriously injured at the time).
    He wakes each morning and turns left and right and we hear his back clicking and popping – he feels he has to do this to alleviate the pain. He has also recently had physiotherapy but was just advised postural exercises. I am very fearful that he has Scheurmanns and the more I look at the curvature of his spine on standing up and bending, the more I feel he probably has it! He is autistic and both a brace and surgery would be a huge deal for him and cause him no end of distress.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed it’s good news after the x-ray. Will keep you posted.

    Mandy and Mark, UK

    • Lysanne September 1, 2012 at 12:49 am #

      Mandy and Mark,
      I’m so sorry that it took me 6 months to see this post!!! How is your son doing now? Were your fears confirmed? Was it Scheurmann’s? My daughter has healed amazingly. She is now 17 and a cheerleader for her high school. She’s also a 3rd baseman for her high school softball team!

      She looks and feels great now!

      Keep me posted,


  146. Wren March 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    hi molly, i hope you have healed since this. i pray a hailmary for you everyday. heres santa— *<:)

    • Lysanne September 1, 2012 at 12:51 am #

      You goof….I’m just seeing this now!!!
      Love ya Wren,

      Mommy Ryan

  147. Annabel Grech August 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    All the best of luck to you and your family
    Kind regards annabel

    • Lysanne September 1, 2012 at 12:50 am #

      Thank you Annabel,

      My daughter has healed amazingly. She is now 17 and a cheerleader for her high school. She’s also a 3rd baseman for her high school softball team!

      She looks and feels great now! The surgery was a life changer and a life saver. We were very blessed to have Dr. Hey and his team. Thank you for your kind thoughts.


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