You may think I have developed some profound wisdom as a result of my experience. I wish! When I was younger, after my first or second episode, it was much easier—“Never again!” I would loudly proclaim—but my now 20 years of experience have made me … what … a realist, a cynic, a pessimist, a harbinger of gloom, a defeatist, someone who likes to keep my options open. I don't know. In some ways I consider myself lucky that my illness manifests episodically; however, the reality is that each episode gets longer, more severe, and more difficult to recover from. So what is the best way forward? My family, friends, and I will continue to love, hope, and live one day at a time, facing any and all challenges the only way any of us can — together.