The best answers would come from a health professional. I'm guessing that you should be able to regain at least some of it but it all depends on the damage and I'm no expert at all when it comes to fitness...everything I've learned is by trial and error or from what others I trust have advised me.
If at all possible see if you can somehow get in touch with someone who can easily answer your questions about it. I live in Canada so I'm not going to be much use there, but I'm sure there's some sort of help out there that can just answer a few questions at no cost or little cost to you. After you have some advice from a professional you'll have more info to seek guidance on what can be done in the future.
I wouldn't in any way say all hope is lost because you need your abs to stand and sit and to get up and since you're already doing these things you should be able to work on strengthening what's there and not damaged.
If anyone else has any ideas on how to get a health care professional's advice without breaking the bank and could share with PAULA523 that would be amazing =] What state are you in? Maybe there's someone in the same state as you that can give you some guidance =]
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