How can something so bad sounding bring so many people together? What is it about 'diseases' that can round up hundreds of people alike to enjoy life 10x more than ever before? What makes one person with the same disease feel instantly accepted among a group of people the same disease. Why do diseases make people want to do more and get out there?
I don't have the answers to these, but I am sure the odd time you have wondered why people with 'diseases' seem to be reaching for the stars more than ever. For me, before being labeled with a disease I found it amazing how people like Terry Fox could be so motivated and ambitious to run for so many kilometres across Canada to support Cancer Research despite having only one leg.
After personally being diagnosed with diabetes I began to realize that having a disease was like a kick in the pants. A good reminder that life is fragile and each moment spent doing absolutely nothing - was a moment wasted. Finding others like me wasn't hard at all because people like me are everywhere in the diabetic community. These people are willing to go out for wild adventures and enjoy life despite living with a disease.
I have said it a million times, but please don't wait. Don't wait until you get that 'disease' to know that life can be so much fun and there are so many opportunities waiting for you.