Sunday, February 9, 2014


Progeria is a rare genetic disorder originating from a Greek word which means premature old age and whose symptoms are aging at an early age. About 250 children in the world have this condition and they typically live up to teen years or early twenties. I came across Sampson "Sam" Gordon Berns in my readings and found out that he was born with this condition. And while Sam sadly died in January 2014 at age 17, he lived a full life uninhibited by his condition. He built entire Lego towns, earned middle-school awards, played in his high-school marching band, went to the prom as well as dreamt of going to MIT in hopes of becoming an inventor. Sam had a disease that could have defined how he lived his life and also killed his passion for life at an early age, but he decided to go against the odds. The disease could not crush his passion to live and to be happy. Happiness remains a hallmark of the life he lived as seen from what he said on TEDx. I want to inspire you to not be inhibited by any “rare conditions” in any form in your life. Maybe you don’t even have any rare condition, but you continuously limit yourself. Sam said something that can inspire you. He said “I am ok with what I cannot ultimately do, for there is so much more I CAN do”. Of all the things you cannot do, there are more things you CAN do, so focus on those. You CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Live the life you want and be the person you want to be. Be unstoppable and LIVE UNLIMITED.