The most surprising thing about leaving the Center is that it takes a long long long time to heal. After almost 3 years it still seems like yesterday that I was there. I would encourage those leaving to stay in contact with those you have bonded with. Just the other day, I reached out to a friend from the center and we commiserated about all kinds of different things. It was great to have a connection with someone that knew me and could provide support. Keep those bonds active. Group texts or calls are an easy way to do this. But most importantly, know that the road doesn't end and the ups and downs go on for miles.