I was really humbled to see and speak with several of my former and current patients just the other day. During these discussions, one cannot help but be impressed with the sheer strength of the human spirit and the grit and determination with which these people continue to fight their pain and search for answers. The journey to relief is more like a marathon than a sprint for sure, but even the longest roads begin with the smallest steps and these courageous people have taken big steps forward. Just as amazing are the spontaneous friendships that I have seen form along the way and the support that each of these incredible people provide to one another. It continually reminds me that connection is an essential part of the human condition and of the role that hope plays in recovery. I am proud to have been a small part of these experiences. These pictures say a million words (mic drop)…….