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When I was in the seventh grade, I had to have my appendix taken out.   I was hospitalized for two days.  In the hospital, I had complained about my pain, the ugly scars on my stomach, and how I was not able to walk.  Thankfully, the surgery was a success and the doctor told me that I could go home.  As I was wheel-chaired out to the parking lot, I had passed by a few young kids about my age who were noticeably physically disabled.  I felt bad for them and sympathized.  It made me sad that they had to live life with a disability that they had not chosen to have.  I knew that the scars on my stomach would recover in a few weeks.  However, these kids would not be able to recover and would live with their disability for the rest of the lives.  I realized how lucky I was compared to the kids with these disabilities. I realized that these were ordinary people, just like me, but were unfortunate.  I would have more opportunities than they would ever have at life.  Although I did not have direct contact with the disabled kids, I knew I would see life differently from then on.  From that day on, I have been less quick to judge and more grateful about my health.  I have joined a club called Best Buddies, which gives students to interact and help the disabled.  I plan to continue to devote my time to help the disabled