My mother, soon to be 85 years old, currently has a compression fracture in one of her vertebrae, we don't know which one yet. Several years ago, she fell and broke her pelvis in three places, an extremely painful injury, and while she was still in the early stages of recovering from this she had emergency heart surgery. Several years before that she fell in her driveway and broke her hip and now has a steel rod in her leg. She was rear-ended in a car accident prior to that and as a result, had to have rotator cuff surgery. And yet she still perseveres and lives an active life. Today my husband and I and my brother and sister-in-law all gathered at her house and enjoyed another day with this remarkable woman.