It's the most universal malady on Earth beside the hiccups and can be strong enough to take a grown man down for two to five days. (I'm hoping for the former.)
There is a disease almost as common in our area of the world. It's called fatherlessness.
While some have more severe cases than others, I can't go a day without discovering another person who has suffered or is suffering with it. There's little the victim can do to prevent it. Its lifespan is quite a bit longer than the cold's is and there's no cure.
Then again, maybe there is a cure. In the Bible, God said He'd be "the father to the fatherless." Many teachers, mentors, friends, brothers and uncles contribute into the lives of those without the daily guidance of a father. Even in my own life--after I got married--my father-in-law has been a constant presence in my life to model wisdom and morals.
The greatest healing agent I've had for growing up without a father is the opportunity to be a father.
Because I practice everyday to complete the cure, it makes this particular day a little more special to me.