I have suffered from lower back pain for many years. As a single mother providing sole support for my family, I worked and also led an active outdoor life with my children. I ignored the pain. As time went on, I developed severe osteoarthritis. The back pain became worse, nearly unbearable. For the past 5 years my ability to walk became extremely limited. Surgery seemed the only alternative if I wanted to ambulate again. The surgery was extensive and included 2 spinal fusions using donor bone to ensure correct healing. I am extremely grateful to the donor and the donor’s family for allowing me to regain my ability to walk. I no longer have to live with intense pain.