With smoke lingering in the air from several fires in central CA, Steve taking a tour up to the Sequoias, I find myself braving it all and driving solo to Pulmonary Rehab in Visalia, 35 miles from Three Rivers. As my PR therapist, George, said "Good for you reclaiming what has been stolen from you" meaning my independence. As I ponder this, I realize it has been stolen. The Rachelle that 'could do anything myself thank you', now almost always has a companion- Just in case! I could mourn this loss (and I do at times!) but instead, choose friends that I don't usually spend a lot of time with, consequently building deeper relationships. This dependence is all temporary- after my new lungs, watch out!!! Until then, I will continue to take small steps at regaining that independence!