Recovery is great. I've been out of the chair for almost two years now. It was two Octobers back that they sent me home with a walker and a cane and a chair for a bit of use. I took my first bike ride the following Father's Day which was less than a year after the injury. I did a small street ride. Since then, I've done one XC ride and then sold my trail bike. My left arm is still pretty weak; I can't lift it over my head. I have a ton of muscle spasms that restrict that arm from moving, but it gets better every day. Lots of strength training and massages.
I mostly sit to play bass because my balance gets weird and my left shoulder hates the weight if the bass from the strap.
Other than that, the worst part is the sudden and immediate need to pee at surprising intervals, like on the freeway at speed. I've gotten comfy with public urination.