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Transcript: Victories beyond the scale

The biggest difference is, I guess, the activities that I’ll choose to do that I would have stayed away from before. Now, I liked camping before I ever had surgery but that meant, I guess what you would call “glamping”, with the camper and steps to get in and out and sitting around the camp fire. Now camping for me is primitive camping with the tent and we carry everything from the car a mile to the campsite and hike during the day. I don’t avoid activities like that.

I don’t think about activities like that, I’ll take the stairs instead of the elevator. I’ll park farther away in the parking lot instead of spending five minutes looking for the closest parking space. Just normal activity like that, that a lot of people don’t give much thought. I had to put a lot of thought into beforehand. If I had to take a flight of stairs pre-op, I would be completely winded and out of breath and not able to hold a conversation by the time I got to the top. Now I can talk to you while I walk up those stairs and it’s just second nature. I don’t have to think about every detail like that. It’s a big relief not to have to think about just normal daily activity.