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    Posted December 3, 2012 by
    Baltimore, Maryland
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    Overcoming Disease to Inspire Self and Community

    My Journey to join the CNN Fit Nation team: My name is Colin Seal and I am 28 years old. I currently live in Baltimore, MD.

    My Story: As a child I was always sick. I was in and out of the hospital and saw every specialist that was available. No one had an answer for me but most agreed it appeared to be severe allergies and asthma.Finally, at age 14, I was diagnosed with a Primary Immune Deficiency. More specifically, Common Variable Immune Deficiency, a genetic disease that means I only have a partially working immune system. I will never forget that doctor's appointment. I was just glad to know what was wrong with me.

    The doctor told me, with treatment, I could live a normal life. After 14 years of treatment, I was doing well!

    A year and half ago, I started the adventure of a lifetime, I was moving and joining the national patient foundation for patients like me.

    About 9 months ago, I started to get sick a lot and was struggling. I kept having re-current infections. In May of 2012, I had surgery to help clear some of the infections out. I still struggled with some infection and was starting to have reactions to my treatments. All of this took a heavy emotional and physical toll.

    The stress of everything hurt my relationship as well. After 4 years, my relationship with my girlfriend ended. It was another emotional thing to recover from.

    Joining the CNN Fit Nation Team would allow me to overcome everything that has happened in the last year. It would be a chance to re-inspire myself, the people around me and the community I have to privilege to work in.

    I know, if chosen, this is the opportunity to show everyone that anything is possible. Thank you for the opportunity.

    -Colin Seal
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