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I’m always impressed by the resilience and apparent boundless optimism of some of my patients. Faced with devastating illness and sometimes bleak prospects for the future, these exceptional individuals exhibit grace and enduring good humor at times difficult for many to even imagine. I try to learn from them, and hope that some day I will be able to be at least a pale reflection of their courage when burdened with my own cross. They also serve as continual reminders of the fragility of human life, the need to be mindful of the moment, of our good fortune, and to be thankful for the blessings of good health, family and friends. At this time of the year, the following poem clearly expresses this message. Be well, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you all.


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She says if she loses her legs


she will be okay;


she will focus on immediate rewards –


learning alone


to drop from bed to wheelchair,


dressing, using the bathroom.


Her mind,


her intelligence,


are undiminished,


and the zeppelin of imagination


unmoored from the ground of the body –




Her soul soars. She’s not waiting –


the path of grace, she says, might be faster on wheels.



Richard Jones   


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20 Responses to Consent Form

  1. PJ says:

    Good Evening Jorge,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones as well.
    The entry….very powerful. I can only pray that I will be as positive as those you were referring to in your wording. Thank you, as always, for the positive insightfulness of your postings.
    Until next Time…..Keep Smiling.
    P.S. **First time I have ever been here FIRST! 😉

  2. Anastasia says:

    The strength of some people is amazing.  The kind of belief in the future that lives quietly in the minds of some of the most challenged people seems to escape those of us whose pride has let us mistake luck and good fortune for control over our own destiny.

  3. Joe says:

    I got side-tracked when I went to tenthltr2u & he had a link pointing here.  I remember reading a series of books (forgive my memory at 51 yrs & 3 martinis; I think Dr. M. Scott Beck?).  He spoke of people who were facing circumstances that should have been their demise, yet they prevailed triumphant & healthy.  While others, facing far less threatening health problems, gave up and died.  The author\’s first book (to my memory) was The Road Less Traveled.  He followed with another 3 or 4 books that were worth reading (but only certain passages have bold print in my mind).  He left me with another good point (completely off the topic, but note worthy).  A marriage (or love partnership/commitment) is much like a base-camp for climbers.  Each of you may climb different peaks, but you always return to the base camp.  It\’s okay if you climb the same peak, or different ones, the basecamp is where you return.  I will cease rambling.
    Best Wishes,

  4. Gayle says:

    Hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful, too!  The pics are beautiful as is the Spirit of those for whom Life is a journey worth taking.  I\’m convinced it has far less to do with circumstance than perspective.Be well,Gayle

  5. Joe says:

    Okay, so I won\’t cease rambling.  Something crawled out of the cobwebs.  I remember several years back, there was an issue of Bicycling Magazine with Lance Armstrong on the cover (I think it was right after his 3rd tour victory).  While he is a story in itself, what stands out in my mind is an article about a NY bicycle messenger with only one leg.  Remarkable.  No sense of self pity.  His biggest concern at the moment was that he had run out of minutes on his cell-card & couldn\’t contact his customers.  I hope I saved that issue somewhere because I remember reading the article with tears welling up in my eyes.
    Happy Thanksgiving [I have much to be thankful for],

  6. sweeti's says:

    Hi Jorge
    I had same experience  with my lil nephew  who has cancer   Hudgkin the baddest form..
    he even cheers me up  Believe it or not…
    it feels so irrealistic….i know
    tx for sharing ur  feelings
    lots of hugs

  7. Holy says:

    You dig up the greatest poetry.
    The human spirit is one of the most humbling creatures, isn\’t it?  Happy Thanksgiving to you in advance as well.  May you, too, be well & swell, and revel where you dwell.

  8. Pamela says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Jorge. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  9. Michelle says:

    That is a very touching poem. Thank you for posting such a thought-provoking entry. I needed to read that poem today and it is a good reminder that there are so many people that struggle with difficulties harsher than our own reality and they definitely are inspiring! It reminded me of a time not long after I got paralyzed when a quadraplegic came up to me and spoke with me and she showed me how she wrote using an extension and her mouth. I was inspired so much by that. I thought, you know what, if she can do that with only having the use of her mouth, I have the use of my arms and I am going to be ok!
    Grande Abrazo,

  10. Michelle says:

    I forgot something,
    I hope you and your wife have a great time and plenty of delicious food.

  11. Heidi says:

    The handicapped of the world are by far incredible people.  On top of life\’s already enormous everyday challenges, they are dealing with their disability.  They can definately teach us all a lesson in adversity.
    Loved the poem – very inspiring.

  12. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge, You know that some of my friends are on wheels and can not hear the song of birds.  They can feel the light of our words and express the light of being.  It is a blessing.  I pray that you and yours have a very good and happy Thanksgiving.   As ever be well, my friend.  Stephen Craig Rowe

  13. Fenix says:

    Hello Jorge, how are you?I wish you have a nice week and a good thanksgiving weekend.


  14. Theresa says:

    Wow…what an awesome poem…I will pass this on!!
    Dealing with our problems with grace is an awesome characteristic to have…I have learned this from my grandmother…and I am still learning…please keep me and my family in your prayers.  This has been THE MOST DIFFICULT year for us.  I still come into work and greet everyone with a smile and maybe a joke or two…thanking my grandmother for raising me and missing her a lot lately…
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  15. Aimee says:

    very well written…
    *~* :o) don\’t cry cause it\’s over… :o) smile cause it happened… :o) *~*

  16. Marge says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem, Jorge.
    My character has never been tested by a major health issue;
    I can only hope to handle such a situation with grace and positivity if the time comes for me.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend.

  17. Gelert says:

    Yes Jorge. I admire so much people like this. I remember a trick of dad\’s when I was bewailing my fate as a youngster, was never to tell me to stop whining, or think of others who have it worse or whatever. He\’d just drop into the conversation,  a little later, an anecdote about his day in the hospital and a patient he\’d seen, just to let me know how things were elsewhere.

  18. dawn says:

    \’mustn\’t be easy for you to be around so much pain… human suffering. In spite of all the advances that our
    century has seen in the cure and the prevention of diseases,
    ironically, we are more afraid of becoming sick than before. Today, sickness is seen to be an
    illegitimate intruder. We expect to be healthy, we have a right to be
    healthy. Yet, there is no escape from the ravages of time for us human
    beings. Our existence is bound up with a decaying universe that is
    wearing out like a garment. We are essentially impermanent, ephemeral,
    dying. But we can respond gracefully to this, by placing our human
    mortality against the background of God\’s unchanging, immutable love. Indeed, we should start counting our blessings— amongst which, i am
    grateful for a friend in you 🙂 Thank you for being, Jorge.

  19. Tim says:

    Humbling.  Thank you for the meditation.

  20. Holy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jorge to you and your wife.  Enjoy your time off….again 🙂

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