Thursday, January 19, 2012
An exerpt from my book, Chapter 10: Everything Happens For A Reason
In order to try and promote my book that will be published to raise money for Parkinson's Disease research, I thought it would be a good idea to start posting exerpts from the book. Here is a paragraph from Chapter 10 (Everything Happens For A Reason). I hope everyone likes it! Sheena was breaking up with me, but her reasons were something that I'd never heard before in my entire life. She would go on to explain that my job, my education, and my parents were constantly on her mind, but not in a good way. Some of the things she said to me were the most hateful words that had ever heard. She, of all people,, was making me feel bad because of my parents' illness. How, if we ever had kids, then I could possibly carry destructive genes and pass them along to our children. She even said, "I couldn't live with myself if we were married and had kids, knowing that you have the possibility of giving them a neurological disorder. I mean, David, I see how Muhammed Ali and Michael J. Fox are, and......I......I just....I don't think I could be with someone like that." This wouldn't be the first or last time that a girl broke up with me because of my disease. I know that for most people, it is difficult to look past something like this, and to just accept me for who I am. It was something that Sheena juust couldn't do. What can I say, I couldn't blame her or hold this against her. That was the person she was, and there was nothing I could do to change it. Infact, Sheena and I are still friends to this day. While most people would hate Sheena forever and think she was a horrible person, that wasn't at all how I felt. I could've let what Sheena said to me destroy me emotionally and ruin any optimism I had, but instead I did the opposite. I used it as motivation to mature and help me become a better person. Life is too short to dwell upon the bad things that are going on in our lives. Everyone has their bad hand of cards that they are dealt throughout life. Not only is life about how we choose to play those cards, but also how we learn to accept whatever it is we go through and keep moving forward. Many people have told me that it takes an extremely tough person to always stay positive and accept Parkinson's Disease as a part of my life at the age of 28. For the most part, it makes me happy that people feel this way about me. Besides, being tough and staying positive is the only way to be, and it's the only way my mind thinks. So no matter what life throws your way, accept it for what it is, hold your head up high, and don't forget to smile.