Bob Welch of the group Fleetwood Mac killed himself following his spinal surgery because he feared he wasn't recovering and would become an invalid - this according to the article from the Daily Mail online newspaper. I thought I would post this as we need to be aware of the overwhelming aspect of surgery and recovery as we deal with the pain and impairment. Obviously Bob Welch had some other issue contributing to his decision but I know how hard recovery is and encourage everyone to have a support group of family, friends, or some other group as this isn't something to face on your own.
I have known several here that have died at their own hands because of the overwhelming nature of a lifetime of pain and disability with little hope of improving. I am more sensitive to this right now as I have really been struggling with increased pain and spasms. I have always had a positive approach to my life so I don't deal with the daily struggles of depression that many do. I do have to deal with knowing that short of a miracle my life will be filled with pain and discomfort until I die. The problem we all have is one that Welch brought up and that is the impact it has on our families. Not only do we deal with the pain and changes in our lives but our spouses, children, and in some cases parents have their lives disrupted too; that is a heavy burden to bear when you think you are responsible for your family's burden.
I hope that some of you will contribute to this discussion as I don't think it is anything to hide from. As I said, we have had several here that have taken their own lives so we may have people considering this; know that there are those of us willing to listen to you and let you say everything you need to say instead of taking the final step that causes such a devastating aftermath to the ones left behind.