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Melissa Gilbert shares health update a week after ‘life altering’ spinal surgery

Melissa Gilbert says that her fourth spinal surgery was a ‘life altering experience” for her.

After undergoing a “wildly successful” surgery on Nov. 19, the “Little House on the Prairie” star, 56, shared a health update on Thanksgiving.

“Nothing too gross or gory here but I wanted to share with all of you. Especially if anyone out there is dealing with spine issues,” she wrote alongside a video of herself in the hospital. “Though I am only one week out it is clear that this surgery for me has been a life altering experience.”

She continued, “On this Thanksgiving day though I am isolated from all of my loved ones, I am so filled with gratitude. I know that this isolation is only temporary and that next Thanksgiving, not only will we all be together again, I will be able to cook, play and enjoy this holiday free from pain and limits. Be well and safe everyone. I send you all oceans of love.”

Gilbert also shared that she tested negative for COVID-19, so she was allowed to fly to New York from California to recover.

The actress has a long history of neck and spine issues stemming from breaking her back in 2001. She also suffered whiplash and a concussion from a fall while competing on “Dancing with the Stars,” and a few months later the balcony of a house she was renting collapsed on her head. Earlier this month, she revealed the third surgery had failed.

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