Name: Cristian Florian Bondarenco
Where do you call home? Constanța, Romania
Education/Career: Bachelor's degree, Law school
Who do you live with? Wife, child, and my parents.
What is a typical day for you? Work & work :)
How long have you known you are living with FA? I had first symptoms at the age of 11, multiple wrong diagnostics over time, finally diagnosed at 25 with point-mutation FA.
Are there any others with FA in your family? No
What do you like to do to stay active and what type of exercises work for you to stay strong? ATV riding and Hipotherapy. These are hobbies which keep me active and also act as strength exercises.
What is a good trick to make daily life easier? Being positive and optimistic :)
When FA gets you down, what do you think/do to feel better? I watch my son and I pull myself together :)
What is one way living with FA has POSITIVELY affected your life? It made me a better man, I found love and kindness are the most important things in life. Also, I learned that true friends stay, whatever it takes :)
What is a favorite motivational quote of yours Life has 2 rules : #1 Never Quit and #2 Always remember rule #1.
What is piece of advice that someone with FA has given you that encourages and inspires you? We are not disabled, we just have other special abilities.
What is the best advice YOU could give a person who has been newly diagnosed with FA? Love yourself, love everybody, be HAPPY!
What's the first thing you want to do when a treatment/cure is found? Walk. Long walks keeping hands with my wife and son.
"I have FA but FA doesn't have me." What does this statement mean to you? How do you live your life in the face of adversity? FA is not a choice. FA only affects the body. I strongly believe that FAers evolve more mentally and spiritually than many people.
Tell us a little more about you... I love nature, I love life :)