In boxing, one of the fundamental necessities of the sport is the presence of a good cornerman. In an article written a few years ago providing insight into and describing the sine qua non of the cornerman, the author declared, "he [the cornerman] must be a psychologist, able to assist the fighter through the emotional minefield that is the preparation for combat.
That illness has given me proof that I can indeed find the strength to rise up. It taught me that, despite the brokenness that comes along with it, my brain can still perform to society's limited standards, and beyond. It would be silly not to say thank you to it, especially when it's in full force, testing this thing I call resilience.