This morning over breakfast I told Cassie that Bret Michaels, the lead singer of Poison and star of MTV's reality series, Rock of Love won Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice challenge. She was well aware of the personal troubles that Bret had been experiencing: his type-1 diabetes, his daughter's recent diagnosis of T1, his brain hemorrhage and mini stroke.
Her immediate question to me was what I suspect most people ask: "Did he win because of his diabetes and health problems?" It's reflexive. We all think there must have been a cheat or a shortcut to winning.
But instead of answering her, I asked her to think about what SHE thought the answer was. After a few thoughtful seconds she came to the same conclusion that I did- Bret won not because of his troubles- he won DESPITE them.