Hey Richard....glad to hear the good news. I agree with going slow, but it doesn't necessarily take a full year to heal. I was back to 100% in about four months...that means able to do everything prior to the injury. In fact, my "injured" quad is bigger than my uninjured leg due to all the concentrated exercises my trainer has prescribed. I also thank the UW Sports Medicine Department for aiding in my probably quicker than "normal" recovery. Point being, we all heal at different rates, but we can do a lot to speed things along if done correctly.
I was doing fairly well at 4 months but it wasn't until nearly 12 months that walking down declines felt completely comfortable (safe).