Even before I was diagnosed at age nine, swimming as a child established the neural pathways and mental memory in my brain which became evident when I retaught a different body how to swim after a six-year break.
Life is about taking control. It's about rising above the challenge's we are given. If it wasn't for the hardships, we could never appreciate life's wonders and blessings. This is how I became a disability advocate.
Although for me swimming is a solitary experience, a meditation, the people I have met at the various pools over the years and whose names I often don't even know have also helped me deal with my condition. I am certain they don't know it.
Jerry Lewis' departure was so blatantly disrespectful to his near half-century of commitment to MDA. He was denied the opportunity to say goodbye to the two generations of viewers who had grown up watching the funnyman.
I know firsthand that our health care system can provide life-saving care. But I'm living proof that insurance-company "death squads" behind closed doors routinely make life-sustaining benefits vanish.