Whenever I feel envy towards others, I would take a step back to think for myself. Somehow, what I have experienced concerning my illness is what created my character. However, this isn’t to say that you have to suffer physically to obtain wisdom. I’m also not fond of the thought of being grateful just because others have it worse. I merely try to put things into perspective, knowing that getting angry at the world won’t do me good. Learning about your illness is difficult when hope suddenly becomes a worst-case scenario. It won’t sink in for a while, but then after finally realizing it, nothing is the same. My approach to life became more daring, and I’m grateful to have developed this tenacity.