Dani.. your story is great!
Like you and Prodigy, I also am prone to asthma due to radiation fibrosis but I have it under control. I have had asthma attacks while watching Andy play in the majors (I'm not joking, silly but true
I would say Andy has been influential in my family.
My son has been struggling in uni, and is repeating his 2nd year. I've been going on at him at how Andy never gives up, but I know it's been mostly white noise up until his loss at Wimbledon. I'd taped the match and was bubbling like a baby at his "I'm getting closer" speech (bubbling again right now as I type.. still gets to me
) and asked my son if he would watch it with me on replay. He did, and was definitely touched and gave me a big hug.
When he came back to win the Gold, he watched the replay of the last game and I got another hug.
When he won the USO, well, me, hubbster and son were doing a major hugfest!
I told him..Andy NEVER gives up on his goals. He's aware now of how many times Andy has tried and failed, but ultimately succeeded.
My son really wants to get this degree, and I've told him sometimes you need to take a few detours to get to your final destination, and that's okay.
Just like Andy.