As a homegrown Cajun, from Rayne, Louisiana, I have experienced snow only a few times in my life. My sister, brother, and I were so excited to build a snow-man with the little bit of accumulation on the top of our trash can lids.
Fast forward a few decades–I just recently turned 40. I spent the day in tears and visited a pain specialist/orthopedist. Pain had been searing through my lower back and joints for at least six months. Here I am on the 4th of October, letting sobs rack by body as I explained the to this new doctor my challenging circumstances. As the tears flowed, I decided to wager on having back surgery even though I may be risking the limited mobility I had left.