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My little sister is my hero. She was born when I was two years old. At birth she was diagnosed with Downs Syndrome. She is absolutely, hands down the most amazing person I know. She has put a smile on my face every single time I've been upset. I line in the dorm at school and sometimes she will call just because. Although like most 17 year olds, she has her moments she has never failed to do what her heart has desired. She has never let anyone ever get in her way. People point, stare, and laugh; while she does notice it she doesn't care. She knows she's different but she's much more than different; she's the most amazing person I know. I truly believe that she was sent to this earth to make the world a better place because she touches the hearts everyone she meets. She also teaches us all something... that no matter what someone does or says you should always do what makes you happy.

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Teri C. from Santa Clarita, CA MARCH 24, 2009
My Mom was a good person who made some wrong choices. One of those choices was smoking. When she was first diagnosed with emphysema she wanted to do what it took to feel better. But, after 10 yrs. of feeling alone and different, she gave up doing anything or going anywhere. I wish she could have known someone like you, who could relate and keep going anyway. You've said what I'm sure Mom would say to others now that she's in heaven. Thank You.

Wendy F. from Vermont FEBRUARY 17, 2009
My dad had emphysema as a result of a genetic issue. He was an inspiration to me as I watched him. He got more involved with yoga and he knew that laughter really was the best medicine. He created a joke hour via intercom at his CPA office, got a hold of all the old comics he enjoyed as a child, called others in his support group from NIH to cheer them up, traveled with my mom and his oxygen tank to many places, took himself to concerts (with a friend and his oxygen) and lived life to the absolute fullest, despite his limitations. When he passed on (20 years ago) the doctor said that he had lived at least two years longer than the doc thought was possible. He loved life, his family and all that is good. So congrats to you for your positive attitude. May you continue to be an inspiration for those whose lives you touch.

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