Living with MS, a progressive illness, has forced me to accept sudden changes in life that are not always easy or pleasant to deal with. Accepting and loving myself -- overcoming fear, embarrassment and self-consciousness -- was a significant milestone for me.
As a Philadelphia kid, I literally cannot remember an Eagles game Reid didn't coach. To my generation, football has been synonymous with Andy Reid. And, it's come with many memories -- both positive and negative.
In a city that gleefully vilifies most of its athletes, 'BDawk' tapped into the passion that defines the sports fanatics in Philadelphia. Dawkin's fearless style of leaving everything on the field resonated with even the toughest Eagles critics.