JE,

As with each of us we are unique universes- and some of carry genes which lead to certain illness and others don’t. I don’t argue that everything is available to us all. I do believe that so much of what ails so many are lifestyle diseases, and some of the mental configurations we have around the aging process and what we “should” expect as we get older.

Yet even those with debilitating illness can sometimes do remarkable things. I saw a video of man- I think he was an Indian scientist, I don’t recall — who got a diagnosis of either MS or Parkinson’s. He didn’t tell his family, but instead went out and learned to ballroom dance. What that did was allow him to keep the disease’s symptoms under control even as they advanced. He is now the subject of study to better understand how movement like this can benefit others who are afflicted. That’s just one story and we are all stories unto ourselves. What I decry are negative assumptions that tamp us all down. You find a way to live within the boundaries of your Type I Diabetes as Stephen Hawking found a way to thrive despite his illness, decades longer than he otherwise “should have.”

I applaud you for living your life your way despite your diagnosis. I’ve had a few of my own that might have led me down a different path had I bought into the limitations. Perhaps it has more to do with what we individually choose to make of what and who we are rather than what CV dictates. And that is largely my point. Your life is yours to live. thanks for your comments.

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