Yesterday Isaiah announced that he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome after undergoing a standard physical at the NBA. After his results came back positive for the genetic disorder, Isaiah was advised to quit playing basketball immediately. "They said I wouldn't be able to play basketball anymore at a competitive level," Austin told ESPN's Holly Rowe. "They found the gene in my blood sample. They told me that my arteries in my heart are enlarged and that if I overwork myself and push too hard that my heart could rupture. The draft is four days away, and I had a dream that my name was going to be called."(ESPN). Isaiah also reassured his fans of his character when he stated, "For all of my supporters, I just want to tell them sorry. I'm sorry they couldn't see me play in the NBA. But it's not the end; it's only the beginning." (ESPN).
As a huge fan of Isaiah as a person and a player, I'm devastated for him. It's such a huge deal to have your dream right in front of you, only to have it ripped away days before. When it comes to dreams and life in general, it really is true that you never know what you have until it's gone. Although Isaiah is suffering in unimaginable ways, it shows his true character in his positivity about the situation. When the going gets rough, take one from Isaiah and trust that there really are bigger and better plans for you in the end.