I am a bit behind on my TMS program, but all for good reason. I have been feeling great and enjoying the burst of life one finds in the summer. I have hiked and biked and am getting stronger every day. I defer to do physical things only b/c they are extreme as others around here love to do. I do them b/c I want to and because I know a pumping heart and strong bones/muscles are good for a person. A different angle. My son graduated from HS, albeit barely. I took control back of my life and asked him to move out, since the last few years have been brutal with a difficult, teenage son. He was shocked at first, but has moved to FL with his Dad and is spending some time sorting out what he wants. It was very hard to do this, but I now know the connections between the stress of this situation and my back problems. I will continue to love him and be there for him, but in a different way. I continue to stretch and treat my back with the respect it deserves, but not terrified anymore.