I can't really say how excited I am about this. If I can get to the point where I'm good to go with a cane, I can get dropped off places by myself or take cabs or buses or the light rail by myself. It means so much more freedom and independence for me. We live so close to so many things that if I can get functional with the cane, I can just plain walk to a lot of stuff without having to wait to see if it's my steady time or if steady time is going to last long enough.
We are definitely in no way giving up on other treatment--this is not the end point, or at least we have substantial reason to hope that it's not. But as a milestone it's looking like a pretty darned exciting one.
Also, kalmn has pointed out that if people need whacking, I will now have a cane with which to accidentally do so. Definitely a point.
(I have wanted to do some whacking when people have automatically assumed that I haven't used a cane because I don't want to be seen as disabled rather than for some other, sounder reason. Yah. Because being unable to walk places by myself at all is sooooo much less disabled than using a cane to do it. Because what's really important is whether I'm seen as disabled rather than whether I am disabled. That's so me. Good assumptions there. Where's Grandma with that stick, now?)