David Coy

David Coy

If I were to describe the brief life of Claire Wineland in one word, that word would be “passionate.” She was an inspiration to so many because of her positive, passionate, pursuit of life in her midst of living with a terminal illness. 

She came into this world in 1997 and, from what I have briefly learned, was a cheerful advocate for life and not wasting time moping and being pessimistic and despondent. She displayed more insight and wisdom in her brief 21 years of life than most who are blessed to live decades longer. She truly learned to value every minute of every day - a lesson the rest of mankind should learn for none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. She saw beauty and joy in what others see as sadness and ugliness.

During one talk she said, “You will never truly get what you want until you want what you have.” She went on to say that a person’s life is not ruined because of an illness (she had Cystic Fibrosis), but that it can make it more rich, fulfilling and beautiful.

She was committed to helping other people understand how rich having a problem can make your life. To be able to love what you have and grow from it is a gift and a blessing. Sadly, she left this life too early after suffering a stroke following a lung transplant at 21 years old.

People do tend to become discouraged about the adversity in life. It is so true that there is no adversity or experience of life (good or bad) that is not common to man, but with that also comes a way of escape so that we may be able to endure.

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