Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I think that DJ Gregory and Pat Furlong are both inspirational in their own ways. Both of them would not take no for an answer, and they were the ones who inspired others around them not to give up as well. It was Furlongs love for her sons Patrick and Christopher that made her continue her journey to get them the right help.Even if she did make people close to her mad. It was Gregory's will to succeed that made him the person he became today. They both inspired me. Gregory inspired the entire PGA community, as well as, many other people who saw his accomplishment. To walk 0ver 900 miles with his disability was truly inspirational. I think that having a disability is something that can make a person stronger.
I myself have a disability. Although nothing compared to what the Furlongs or Gregory went through. I was Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and have had constant struggle to try and overcome my memories from Iraq, as well as, my temper when I get frustrated. I decided that I was not going to use PTSD as an excuse to be mean, or demand sympathy. I instead try to help other Veterans who want to talk about their problems and struggles. I am going to use my disability as a tool to help, rather than a crutch to complain.


  1. Chad, I think it is brave and honest to talk about PTSD and the effects it has on you and other veterans. I feel it is something we need to address as a society and understand, because it's not right to just thank people for their sacfifices and then forget about them, and in many cases I feel that can happen to veterans. Everybody likes to wave the flag, but when it comes to personal sacfifices or trying to understand something as complex as PTSD, some peole want nothing to do with it. Just want you to know I'm pulling for you and admire your attitude to get through this condition in the best way you can. I hope many Americans will step up and help you along the way. I truly feel its our duty to do so. We may not have served in the military, but I believe we are all called to serve our country. All best, Mike

  2. I agree, it takes a lot of courage to talk about post tramatic stress disorder. I have a friend who suffers from PTSD as well but all I have to say is that I'm glad YOU don't use it as an excuse. I can only imagine how hard that has is to deal with but it's very admirable to see that you turned it into a tool to help others as well.

  3. I think that it is brave to face the disabilities that they had and will to fight for it. I don't think everyone able to that.

  4. those both stories were touching, seeing them fight for there life its amazing.


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