To my Mom for teaching me how to be a teacher and for fostering my curiosity. To Danny Custer for showing me how to be a kind, successful, and happy surgeon. To my learners for inspiring me every time you have a "Gee Whiz!" moment.
To my husband Michael, who encouraged me to go to nursing school (despite my fear of blood) and supported me through everything that followed it. For Brandon, Mindy, and Nick for reminding me that life is precious. To everyone who continues to take a chance on me—thank you.