I am normally an easygoing, sensitive Mom and wife. I adopted the mindset, going into surgery and recovery, of “Xena”. In support, my artistically inclined Aunt made me into Xena! She is my alter ego. I needed to show more strength, to show my family how confident I was in my decision to have the MVD. I did not allow myself to be scared, as that would only hinder my energies for a successful recovery. I gave myself over to God and my Doctors. Had faith, stayed strong!