disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. The muscles deteriorate because of a lack of dystrophin proteins, which causes the body’s muscles to break down easily. One of my signature stories is of my first and LAST bicycle ride. It was about a year before my diagnosis when my parents decided it was time for me to learn how to ride a bike. It did not go well. I couldn’t gather enough speed in order to keep the bike upright. My mom was screaming “pedal faster, pedal faster!” Trust me when I tell you that there was no pedaling any faster. Let’s just say that after that experience I do not like bikes. Sorry Mr. Clements!
|David's distaste for bikes didn't keep him from the Sophomore bike trip!|
We have all faced some sort of adversity in our lives. Though it’s tough, you have to keep a positive outlook and not get too caught up with your own short-comings. Every day is a struggle for me. When I wake up in the morning, I feel depressed and I worry about the day ahead. I can’t get out of bed on my own, so my mother or father has to help me shower, use the bathroom, and get dressed. Since I can’t stand, I have to slide into clothes and then into my chair. Next I have to plan out my day so that I get help at the right time from my mother.
And I need help with a lot of things: using the bathroom, getting my books, putting away my laptop, and getting my coat on and off. The hardest thing about this disease is the things that it has taken away from me: playing sports, riding roller coasters, horsing around with friends, and I will never drive a car! Because my muscles are getting weaker, it is now harder to hold my head up and raise my hand in class.
Of course, it’s easy to complain and it’s in our nature to do so. But we all need to find a reason to get out of bed! I put my energy into classes, clubs, and passions. I haven’t let my inability to play sports stop me from participating. I love announcing at the football and basketball games. It makes me feel like I am part of the team. I also enjoy writing articles about sports, both about Peddie teams in the Peddie News and professional sports in my own sports blog—The Sports Report—check it out on Facebook! No matter what card you are dealt, with a positive attitude, you can overcome any obstacle.
|Announcing at this fall's football game against Lawrenceville|
still be in bed right now.
In our reading today—Rudyard Kipling says something quite interesting which I try to consider in my life, and perhaps you can too. That is to “meet…triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters
just the same.” I encourage you to approach your struggles with courage, be sensitive to the needs of others, be comfortable asking for help, and be sure to acknowledge the help you are given. Thank you
for rolling along with me! ALA VIVA!