I think what is to be learned from both the DJ Gregory video and the Mother Courage reading is that you should never give up hope, never stop fighting. Look at what the doctors told Pat Furlong, “There is no hope and no help-just take them home and love them. They’re going to die”. I can’t imagine what it would be like to receive this kind of knows about your children, and further more I can’t even begin to imagine the strength it took to keep fighting even when everyone she met told her it was hopeless. Similarly DJ’s parents were told that he would never walk, and never leave a wheelchair he was bound for. His parents didn’t take the news as fact, but instead they went and proved it false and in years DJ would do something that no one else had done. He set a goal that even some completely health people couldn’t do. He went out and achieved it. Now yes Pat Furlongs two children died in the end so her fighting was as it sadly turned out futile to prevent their deaths, but I think that there is meaning in the fight. Through her fight Pat reached out and started to help other families that were going through the same tragic disease as her two boys. Her fight for her family became the fight for people she had never met, people that may never know who she is.
In terms of connections, my cousin has MS pretty bad. She uses two crouches to get around, won’t drive a car, and never lead a normal life. Now these words “never” and “wont” are just words. They are ones I hate to use with people like my cousin because if the people around them give up it just becomes that much harder. I would love for her to live a normal life, I would love for her to drive, but when her family and friends expect nothing of her how can she expect more of herself. It’s hard to be around her because of that, but I am glad these two sources didn’t give up.