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  • #16
    Depends on your definition of "living," I think.

    Since I figure I have a pretty good shot at dropping dead at any given moment, I have never felt the need to bungee jump, sky dive, etc, etc. heck, I don't even like roller coasters.

    But I have managed to live a pretty amazing life anyway. I've answered the switchboard at the White House, I've stood on the roof of the Sears Tower (not the observation deck, I mean the honest-to-god ROOF with with the antenna and window washing equipment).

    I've been on safari, to Soweto and the top of Table Mountain via rotating cable car. I stood on the spot where Mandela was inaugurated. I've spit on a former U.S. President's birth place (not a nice thing to do, but I felt I was entitled to share my feelings).

    Even more important than any of that is the joy I get from helping others with HCM travel through this journey. No equipment necessary.

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    • #17
      I think Sarah has given a great answer. I'm currently being re-tested to see if i have HCM my mother and uncle do and my first test came back 12mm no other symptoms. I'm trying to figure out what i could or couldn't do if i do end up having HCM. One thing that comes up for me is my responsibilites i.e i have a young family so being reckless isn't a luxury i or they can afford. Scuba diving (i'm certified) with 20 odd pound of weight diminished oxygen and increased pressure seems reckless for my circumstances. I'd probably feel different if i was only responsible for myself.

      Sarah, you have indeed led a remarkable life and your point is very valid. If i do end up having HCM then it's time to give up scuba, skydiving and long distance running, take up golf and fishing and go find myself some ex-prime ministers birth places (I'm from Australia)

      PS i was meant to go up sears towers for a work trip once, however some Chicago college students took me and my girlfriend out the night before and i was so hung over i couldn't face the lift trip up.
      \"There is no GENE for the human spirit\"

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