I am applying for a program to become a provisonally licensed teacher and included with the application you must submit a personal statement about why you are interested to work in an urban/rural area and how you can help your students achieve a high level of success. Within my statement I make a comparison with my battle with Hodgkin's Disease to students in an urban/rural area battling adversity, lack of resources, sometimes lack of support. Is this appropriate or should I not include this within my statement. I really want the position, but almost feel as though there is nothing to lose because if I do not receive an offer-that will not stop my efforts to become a teacher. Thanks in advance.