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"At an agonizingly slow pace I have been progressing towards a new, relatively normal life. One of the most excruciating parts of this process had been my inability to be in water, on water, or even near water. Finally, after having waited all summer for my immune system to recuperate, I returned to the shore where I had spent many a childhood vacation. Once I saw the water, I could not turn back. I had to let it touch my toes--if my toes, why not my legs. I settled for a risky dip up to my knees. As a child, I would have settled for nothing less than 8 hours under water. Indeed, a return to a relatively normal life." - Karin Weidenhammer