I want to say thank you to my idol, Aya Kito. At the young age of 15, she was diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia, a disease in which the cerebellum degenerates. The person starts to fall over but their hands don't protect their head. Then they are unable to run, walk, speak and then move. It takes years for the disease to finally claim them and Aya battled for 10 years - she died at the age of 25 on the 23rd May, 1988.
While suffering from the disease, Aya wrote a diary and it was published in 1986. It was adapted into a film in 2004 and then later into a television drama in 2005. The title of all three is '1 Litre no Namida' (One Litre of Tears) and I guarantee that if you watch or read either, you will cry. Her story has inspired me and changed my life. Even over 20 years after Aya has gone, spinocerebellar ataxia still has no cure.
Rest in peace, Aya and thank you for changing my life x