I played a gig last night -- it was the best I think I have ever played in my entire life. I'm so thrilled right now I can't sleep. Since February of last year I have had a heart attack, a quadruple bypass, 4 more emergency heart surgeries, and stage two cancer in my right kidney and then my kidney, gallbladder and appendix removed. There have been times when I wanted to sell all my horns because I just didn't want to play anymore. It hurts like H_ _ _ when I play my horns right now because I have adhesions from my last surgery, but I don't care! I sounded pretty darn good! I have been working on my horns so hard, and finally I'm back, and better than ever. My layoff was short compared to many, but I had many other obstacles to overcome. If you are trying to make a comeback, when you get frustrated, take the rest of the day off and hit it double hard the next day. Eventually it will happen and you will see the result of your hard work! My friends, if I can do it, anyone can do it.