I have been back at home now for some time, having not completed the ECT. Counting the Southern part of the trail that I sectioned on the AT earlier, I have walked just under 3000 miles of its 5500. The hardware in my back, as I lost weight, started to place a lot of direct pressure on my lumbar muscles due to my pack pressing on them and in turn caused severe spasms over the large screw heads. These were responsible for sciatica and loss of some dexterity in my legs (my feet didn't always land exactly where I had intended to plant them). As you might imagine, I have fallen many, many times during the course of this hike. As the pain and spasms got worse so did the frequency, and ultimately the severity, of the falls. There were even days that I would have to take NEROs because it hurt too much to walk. The last tumble was due more to the rain saturated soil than my back but injured me to the point that I could not continue. I am slowly recovering and generally doing OK physically. Mentally, it has been a severe blow and I am finding it hard to cope with living in my pre-hike environment. I wish to thank you all for your support and encouragement during the year that I was on the trail! It's funny how all I could think about was finishing so that I could go home, now I think only of what I can do to get myself back out there. My values and perspectives have changed. Some things I once tolerated out of ignorance I now find unethical. This makes it very difficult for me to return to my job as a surgical assistant or to work in the health care arena in general. I am hoping to be able to find work in an industry dealing with the outdoors or maybe to start a home-based business but, at present, I am not sure in which direction I need to travel. I apologize to all those that I was supposed to contact before now. As I said, I am having trouble adapting and, to be truthful, this is one of the first contacts I have made outside my home since I have returned. Maybe this is the first of the 12steps! I have missed you all and look forward to conversing with you again. Please feel free to contact me here on the forum or by PM. Again thanks for all you have done for me!