Don Piper was a man who gave his time and hands to people in need. He would put others before he even considered himself, but he never quite realized how much he did not let others do the same for him until his 13 months in the hospital. Don never would have notice this major flaw until a good friend, Jay Perkins, came right out and told him that he needed to let others care just as much for him as he cared for them. He stated that it was their gift of service that God gave them, and he was taking that away from them. Right then it hit him that Jay was exactly right. This point in the novel completely changed Don's outlook and the way people interacted with him. It changed Don and is helping the plot increase to his full recovery.