Dear T,

I want to say on behalf of all of us that we are all so happy at your outcome. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and just feel so grateful to God, Dr. Bertagnoli and his staff, D__, B__, W___, Tim Vicknair and others who gave me encouragement and faith to go to Germany for my surgery.

It has been 10 months since my 2nd surgery and I just got off the tennis courts playing doubles at the most advanced level at our club. I never thought I’d play at that level again, never mind in 10 months!

It’s really a miracle and we’re so blessed to have Dr. Bertagnoli around who restores hope and performs absolutely brilliant surgery so that we can renew what we love about life.

May your recovery continue to improve every day.


- J

Thanks to all of you for your own experiences and words of encouragement. Don, special thanks for keeping me in your prayers.

As D__ knows, I had my 4 level cervical ADR surgery on 26 September, C34 to C67. What I didn’t know until the 25th with a new MRI, since my other was 7 months old was that something happened and my spinal cord was almost completely pinched. The Professor and Tim Vicknair both couldn’t explain why I was still alive. Dr Bertagnoli said I must of had a guardian angel.

Surgery went well, felt like a truck ran over me for the first few days. The Hospital and the staff at Bogen were wonderful. I was up and walking the next day and actually walked into Bogen with Tim Vicknair 2 days after my surgery.

I was pain free except for the surgery associated pain the next day! Dr Bertagnoli definitely said my life. As he said, I was another 1 minute to midnight case. It was that close to lights out!

After hospital discharge I went to Straubing for 13 days, I wanted to be sure all was ok before heading home on 14 October.

I’m almost off my pain meds and should be off completely today or tomorrow.

Despite the collar I’m still wearing I feel really good and my incision is just about healed up.

Thanks again for all of your kind words and support! I’m getting better and better each day and thanks again to all of you for reaching out to me!!

I feel like a new man!! Can’t wait to start enjoying life again without numbness and pain in my life!!