NSVs like this are huge accomplishments on our journey!! I saw a pair of slip-on sneakers on clearance the other day that I almost bought. Then I remembered I don't "have" to wear slip-on shoes anymore and that I *can* bend over to tie my shoelaces when/if I need to. Of course, I will always wear flipsflops, etc. but there was a time that I had to, that I couldn't reach my feet without gasping for air and praying I didn't split my pants open trying to stretch that far.
Apparently this post really tugged at my own heartstrings, I'm so happy for you!