Reggie Smith, Atlanta, Ga.; Diagnosed in 1984
I've been sick and at death's door. When you've had that kind of experience, or if you've lived as long as many of us who are longtime survivors have, the motivation to adhere to our medicine regimens is rooted in gratitude. I try to remember what it was like being sick and how much more enjoyable my life is when I'm feeling physically well. Life is so much sweeter, and I'm so much more of a productive human being, when I'm not consumed with how to overcome sickness. Besides, many of us longtime survivors are now grandparents, so the curiosity of how my grandchildren will look and be as they grow up is keeping me going too!
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