Peter's Wednesday Blog - Interview with Gene - A paraplegic who visits the WOE and has dreams of a lifetime!
Bonjour, my Fellow WOE Friends,
I hope you're moving forward with your work and/or goals. I went the last two nights not eating 500 calories before bed! I'll let you know on Friday how much further I make it.
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. We released a picture yesterday thanking teachers (attached). Since Jennifer is a teacher, it's a big deal to me. Many teachers in the public school system get frustrated by the lack of respect the kids have for the teachers and lack of parental support.
Parents should know that parenting includes helping and supporting their kids with their education. The teacher cannot do it alone. The kids need to study, do their homework, get proper sleep and nutrition.
I wish all the teachers, even parents who teach their own kids, a great week and know how much we appreciate all you do! THANK YOU!!!
I have attached the newest HR Picture: Show someone you love them. This follows with the WOE Cares Need to Know: Suicide Prevention. Make sure to read the warning signs and Intervene if necessary. Show them you love them! Use those WOE Care Cards if you think they will help.
Today's WOE Cares Need to Know topic is Anxiety Disorders. Learn about them and treatment by going to the WOE Cares Page on this website (after 4 p.m. today) or by clicking the WOE Cares picture below.
Wednesday's Interview: Gene - A paraplegic who had the best dreams ever!
I talked with Gene a week ago on his last day of his one-week vacation. He wanted to share his story with all of you.
I hope you enjoy it!
"So, I hear you are here visiting with your beautiful wife and two fine young sons. How has your vacation been and what has happened to make you want to tell everyone your story?"
"I am forty-two. I am, of course, confined to a wheelchair. But it's only been three years since I've been able to walk. Beforehand, I was an energetic husband and dad, who always took time to throw the ball with his kids, take walks and ride bikes with his family, work out in the gym, and even jogged.
On my way home from a late shift at work, I was sideswiped by a distracted driver who ran a stop sign. She was 17 at the time and texting. I was in terrible shape and lost both of my legs due to the impact and how long I was trapped in the car.
I spent a huge amount of time in the hospital and therapy for my upper body. She was apologetic at first but then got a lawyer to defend her from any prosecution. Her defense attorney made her look so innocent, claiming she was young and inexperienced and immature and didn't have all the 'Necessary mental facilities to make rational mature decisions.' So, they gave her a slap on the hand.
Meanwhile, I've gone through major bouts of depression due to my lost ability and the quality of my life. We did receive money to pay off the medical bills and a little for my misery, but here I am, in this chair.
I've been very bitter ever since and almost lost my wife and the respect of my kids. You know, Peter, kids look up to parents and mimic what they do.
My lovely wife, here, booked this vacation in hopes I could enjoy something for a change. I didn't think it was worth my time, but to keep her, I knew I needed to do it.
From the time we arrived in the parking garage, I felt like this might be an enjoyable experience. The staff here are absolutely remarkable, and you can tell they love their jobs. The transportation is so convenient for those of us in chairs, as well as all the attractions.
I was even able to go on Castle Mare and Galactic Wars. I love it! The best attractions in the world!
But the real excitement started my first night sleeping here. I had this wonderful dream I was playing ball with my kids, riding bikes with my family, and running. I woke up the next day so excited and had the most fabulous day I've had in years.
But it didn't stop there. Each night, there were different dreams. Very vivid ones. In one of them, I was able to fly around the world, whenever I wanted too. I literally had control over everywhere I wanted to go for the whole night. It was incredible!
Last night was a little different. I dreamed I was that girl driving and experienced the car accident. I also felt what she is still feeling now. Carrying that guilt, she will feel forever.
This morning, I texted her and told her I forgive her. She wrote back twenty minutes later and told me she just finished crying and was so grateful to hear that. She also told me she would like to launch her own campaign to help other teens know of the dangers of texting if it was OK with me.
I was perfectly fine with it and encouraged her to reach out to me when shooting her video. She said she would love that!
Peter, I don't know what really happens here at this place. I read stories of how the WOE affects people and helps save them. I don't know if this place is magical or if Steven C. has special powers. But it has changed my life forever. Thank you, WOE!"
Thanks for reading! Until next time,