Thursday, May 12, 2011

Journal 6 (Disabilities?)

Both stories, Mother Courage and DJ Gregory had a major theme. The theme was Determination. In the Mother Courage article, Pat Furlong the mother of two sons who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, was determined to find a cure, or fight trying. Throughout her experience she went all over the world doing research and speaking with professionals to gather and organize information in hopes of finding a cure. Although ultimately both her sons would die, she continued and continues to be determined organizing and planning charities to raise money for the cause. "It's about looking at the landscape and seeing where you can play in this chess match, see how you can maximize the impact on research..." She didn't just give up, but fought harder.
The clip on DJ Gregory the golfer also had the reoccurring theme of Determination. Although he was told that he wouldn't walk, he did but that wasn't enough. He then proved to himself and the world that he would walk further on a golf course than anyone else has before. He traveled through the US just like Pat Furlong, going from place to place conquering his quest. Both people were iron-willed and despite doubtful prognosis's, they were determined to prove them wrong. "To me it's proving to myself and everyone else that you can do something despite being told you can't." Again, he physically fought through pain and difficulty to attain his goal.
The most memorable thing to me between both these stories was that although both of them were "dealt a bad hand" they both rolled with the punches and made the best of some pretty bad situations. You learn and connect it to your own life in that although your own personal life feels bogged down sometimes, it's a reminder of how good you really have it compared to other people and it can make you thankful for what you have.

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