Originally Posted 11.16.2008 “gathering courage”

the other night ange and i watched a documentary on sundance called the “body of war”. it is about a young man who was in the iraq war. he was shot 5 days after he arrived overseas and is now paralyzed from the waist down. i listened to him as he spoke about all the f*&ed up side effects and i identified with him (you seriously don’t ever really want to know how many annoying disgusting painful side effects there are)..not ever realizing that i would have something in common with him, but finding tears coming to my eyes feeling empathy and also the pain of this past year. and then he spoke of how he would cry sometimes when he would look out the window and see people walking..and i felt like i needed to let that soak in..although what has happened to me is horrifying..what has happened to him is just so sad, and made me realize once again to not take ANYTHING for granted..these feelings have given the ball of courage of little push..makes me want to speak loudly about what is going on..a cousin of mine said the other day..”isn’t it sad that we need to be hit over the head to have a wake-up call?” so true huh? i told her what i keep trying to do is hit everyone i know over the head so they don’t get hit harder in the future..so be prepared my sweet family and friends…im about to get loud with you..because i love you..


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by Lu Semenzin at Sunday, November 16, 2008, 8:24 PM

…bring it on!!! and thank you.

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by Alyce Wagner at Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 10:04 AM

I think it’s so great that you can verbalize how you feel. Doing that probably helps you work through a lot of things. You are young and still very vibrant Jennifer. You could be a vehicle for change by promoting your new lifestyle. By going back to work, you will be able to reach more people. You never know what is in the future…there could be great things there for you. You certainly have me thinking about what I put in my mouth and on my body!!! Keep preaching!!!

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