Yesterday I returned from a wonderful vacation filled with hiking and camping...two activities I never could do before recovery. I wanted to do both but my disease manifested itself so that I physically could not hike more than a 1/4 mile and mentally I could not handle being the least bit "uncomfortable". As many vacationers were taking pictures of the Grand Canyon from the top of the rim, I was hiking down the rim, across the Colorado River and back up the rim for an 11 hour hike of my life. I experienced the Grand Canyon as I had dreamed...actually beyond my wildest dreams. On a humorous note, the hike was so exhausting that when I had taken the last step back up, I said to my partner, "let's get the hell out of here, I've seen enough of this canyon and it's seen enough of me!". - Rachael W.