Q: What message do you bring with you to Stockton?
A: I think when people don't work, (when) they just sit at home, they are dying. It doesn't matter if you have some problems, you have to live a normal life. You have to go shopping, meet with your friends. Do anything to feel you are an alive person.
Q: Does your celebrity status help the cause?
A: Of course. I'm like a role model for everybody. I have to work hard, and I can show everybody that everything's possible in this life. It's not magic. I'm just one who has this problem. My doctor said lots of people have this disease. I want to show everybody it's possible. It's possible to be normal. This is an important thing to under-stand: You're like everybody else.
Q: Has your illness made you humble?
A: Maybe. When you go (so far), you start thinking, "OK, what's next?" It's opened for me so many new ways. It happened to me, it's bad, but I find new ways, new places, new things in my life.