After a few years of rolling around in this wheelchair, quite literally my next "step" will be taken in India. I can't wait for that! I can't wait to stand up. They used to put me in a standing frame when I was in rehab, but it had a table-like thing at about rib height, so it felt like I was sitting at a table. It didn't give me a sense of "standing". I can't wait to stand up in front of Adam and remember how tall he is, compared to me. It will have been 2 years and 9 months since we stood side by side... or face to face. As part of the 8 week treatment I will be doing physio twice a day, and as part of that they get me standing and trying to walk. What they do is put calipers on my legs so that they cannot bend at the knee and colapse under me. And I will have either a walking frame or paralelle bars to walk between. Here's a clip of a guy walking in with the bars. (This is from the actual place I'm going to). [media=youtube]sz79TLuOxmI[/media] I Can't wait to put my own vid on youtube! I can't wait to find out what stem cell therapy will change for me. There are no guarantees. There is a chance that I won't experience any change whatsoever, and there is also a chance that it could change everything. Then there is a myriad of possible results in between. So I am trying to keep as realistic as I can, but I will pack a great big dose of hope as we leave Hope. It's a great word At last weekâ€™s fundraising function there was a sculptural artwork for auction, donated by Mike Jones , titled 'Hope'. It was a beautifully crafted little metal wheelchair, standing about 6 inches high, with a little "For Sale" sign on it. It seemed so poignant. It was relevant and meaningful to me, and was obviously made with me in mind. I really wanted to buy it! I even tried to bid, but the auctioneer was Mike Jones himself, and he wasn't taking my bids. Yeah, I know for me to buy it would defeat the purpose I will track down a photo of it. Success! The proud owners of 'Hope' actually brought it back to the gallery so I could get picturesof it...here 'tis! Brilliant. So... There is a chance, and we've decided to go along and hope for the best. We leave next Thursday... Arrrgh! That's only 7 more sleeps! We will keep adding to this thread over the 8 weeks of treatment, to let you all know how things are going, and if anything eventful occurs or indeed, if it doesn't, lol. You can also keep an eye on NextStepForLenna.com The journey is about to begin! .