It's important to eat well, to always get a second opinion, to never give up- especially when the doctors tell you that you will have a limited way of life going forward. To exercise even when your body doesn't want to. I had to lose 65 pounds after my spinal fusion imploded and I had no car, no support, and was on [Medicare]. If I'd listened to doctors, I'd be bed ridden and have no quality of life. So I say when you think you can't walk - try it. My one piece of advice: Just try to do better than you did the day before.