This was what I might consider a victory lap with my mom...I successfully completed two laps around my hospital floor! Before I went in to surgery, my two doctors said, 'no matter what, we need you to try and walk as soon as you get out of surgery. It will be painful, but if there is one thing we repeat over and over, that is it.' And they were right on both counts...it was incredibly painful, even first to try and sit up. But channeling my competitive nature and trying to walk a little bit further each day was crucial to my healing. I owe so much of that to my parents, my brother, my sister, and extended family and friends for encouraging me to walk and being there literally every step of the way. There were days I didn't want to move from my bed, but my mom and dad would gently push me to stand up and walk even if only for a little bit. I am incredibly lucky to have had everyone there to cheer me on. In the first few days I couldn't look up or even say a word, but to me this picture says it all.