Thank you for sharing this story. There is a lot of wisdom to be gained from what you have said.
I hope you don’t mind, but I referenced your article in a blogpost: https://lifebehindmyhazeleyes.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/wisdom-in-stories/
I am struggling with a myriad of food allergies (53 foods!) that mostly have zero symptoms. In my head I know that continuing to eat these foods will eventually wreak havoc on my body, but today I feel nothing. A doctor saying that doesn’t mean much (as you realized), but this narrative is very effective.
I’ve been doing pretty good lately about not eating those foods, but it is a hassle, one that seems like it has zero benefits. I know the truth though, and your story renewed that for me. Thank you again for the blessing of your story.
Also as a UX Engineer, I share your love for accessibility :)