Personally, I am a firm believer that as humans, we have the ability to make our own choices. I believe that as long as you know the consequences to theses choices, if there are any, it should be on you to make the decision if you want to follow thru or not. I believe that this is what drove me to become a vegan after 4 years of vegetarianism. I stopped eating meat when my older sister decided to try being a vegetarian as she was trying to become more healthy. I guess you could say it was kind of like “monkey see, monkey do.” After my sister went back to eating meat, I didn’t really have any desire to go back to it so I continued with the vegetarianism. I got really good with it too. I learned to read labels and how to politely turn down a pulled pork sandwich at outings. 4 years into it, dairy started to make me feel awful. Almost like all of a sudden I was lactose intolerant. A coworker of mine who was a vegan suggested that I try veganism, and after I did I started feeling much better. It was almost like recovering from the flu. All it took was a few days on a vegan diet for neurofibromatosis to completely flush my system of whatever it was in the dairy that was making me so sick. I try my very hardest to not be one of those meat is murder vegans. Most of the time, I don’t have a problem with it at all. I respect that as humans, it’s our own choice rather we want to eat meat or not. Just the same as it’s our choice as humans what job we want or what to wear for the day, where we want to live, how to do out hair, the list could be endless. I find that for mostly every dairy or meat product, there is a vegan substitute. It’s because of this that I don’t feel like I’m missing out on much. I am perfectly happy with the choices I’ve made to change my diet. For me, it was definitely for the better. A vegan diet for neurofibromatosis has helped me stop feeling so sick all of the time and I feel it also helped me connect with my inner self. Almost as if when I was created, veganism was built into me. And I’ve just now found my true self because of help from a coworker. That’s not saying that’d be true for everyone tho.