As we started taking one step at a time, the wind became so strong, extremely strong. I was starting to feel overwhelmed with the incline, the wind, the elevation, the injured soldiers, their stories, seeing all of the support and the many hikers, that I suddenly began having troubles catching my breath. I became emotional, turned to my husband and he saw my pain, my emotion. He pulled me to a side and I broke down. He hugged me and comforted me until I was ready. His encouraging words gave me more motivation to continue.