I had mine in June 2012 it's a long and tedious recovery period expect pain and discomfort and the meds will alter your personality. You will be irritable and easily agitated, I had the collar on for 4 months and I am now going through P.T. don’t rush to recover because if you overexert yourself you will pay for it. Most people will not be able to relate to the mental anguish because you are not wearing a cast and there are not any outward signs of the injury. Hurry up and wait is the best advice I can give, find solace in your injury be it spiritual or otherwise.