Wednesday, September 2, 2009

All I Can Say Is 'Whew"!

As a trial lawyer, I represented a lot of children and adults who suffered a wide variety of physical deformities as a result of drugs administered to their mothers during critical period of organ development during pregnancy. These people were always amazing to me because of the myriad ways they adapted to their disabilities and, in many instances, they functioned as though their disabilities were an advantage rather than a detriment to their life. One young man from Kansas farmed 600 acres by himself although he had been born without arms. A young girl sat before the jury and dressed and undressed her baby doll with the nubbins of fingers protruding from her shoulders. Another thalidomide victim told me, and later a jury, that it was a good thing that he was the one who was injured by the drug because he was mentally and spiritually strong enough to cope with the situation whereas others may not have been able to do so. For those of you who struggle at playing golf, as I do, I offer this amazing video that will astound and truly humble you.

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