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When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. --Elaine Boosler

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Ode to Dana and Christopher

Christopher Reeve's Widow Dies at Age 44

"..Dana Reeve, who won worldwide admiration for her devotion to her "Superman" husband, Christopher Reeve, through his decade of near-total paralysis, has died of lung cancer at the age of 44.Christopher Reeve, star of Hollywood's "Superman" movies, became an activist for spinal cord research after a horse-riding accident paralyzed him in 1995. He died Oct. 10, 2004.

Dana Reeve was a constant companion and supporter of her husband during his long ordeal and his work for a cure for spinal cord injuries."

Whether we wish to admit this or not emotions do rule our lives. Being "overly" emotional or having a marked lack of emotions are both unhealthy.

But remember...Every emotion has a front and a back. Take love for example. Self-love can be healthy and even healing, if it translates into positive and productive action.
An excess of it can however border on narcissism.
This type of self preoccupation can distort the tone of any criticism, lending it a decidedly negative tone. It could evoke feelings of resentment, anger, self-pity, and even self-hatred..the polar opposite of its origin.

Self pity is one emotion that Christopher and Dana Reeve would not abide.
Think about the times you allow yourself the "luxury" of wallowing in great sadness, nit-picking everything that seems to go wrong in your Life.. and drowning yourself in sorrow, oftentimes over trivial, non-life threatening events.
It's easy to feel victimized, not to mention the added 'bonus' of accruing as much attention as possible.

True - Life can afford us some serious heartache.
Dana and Christopher seemed to have a "picture perfect" life till that fateful day in 1995.
For all intents and purposes Christopher lost the use of his body. The subsequent tests, procedures and surgeries and the interim periods of convalescence...must have seemed endless.
And yet they both exhibited a form of courage that was nothing short of inspirational. They retained their lively sense of humour and availed every opportunity to help others with spinal-cord paralysis.

When problems or even perhaps tragedy or trauma strikes, it is not time to call forth self-pity, but rather the inner reserves of strength you most likely never even knew you had.

When faced with a challenge, always act. and always ask: What am I going to DO about it?" "What's next?"
Let your imagination be your coach.

If you truly want to honor Dana and Christopher Reeve.....in the words of a friend of mine.......tomorrow morning..Rise and Shine..don't rise and whine.
In their memory..Join their ranks.

David is havin an open post over at third world country..scoot over there n tell him Angel sent ya eh..:)

A Ladys Ruminations has the low down on military recruitment on campuses.

Excellent eye opener about pornography in the schools at Church and State

For an indepth look and more on military recruiters on campuses mosey over to The Real Ugly American


  • At 5:03 PM, Blogger Karl m said…

    Sometimes destiny serves up a happening that is devoid of politics and religion.
    One that makes us stop..and reflect..what would i have done??

    Dana Reeve, the absolute perfect friend to Christopher, his arms and legs and voice for 9 years, has died of lung cancer, perhaps now to join him ,in healthy spirit, somewhere out there.
    If, by karma, you were faced with a similar plight,where would you go??

    A moment of inner quiet to their memories, and a opportunity to hear our own soul speak to the truth of where we stand on the ladder of self growth..


  • At 5:40 PM, Blogger kevin said…

    A high school chum of mine broke his neck in a motorcycle accident. His wife left him as a result. He deserved a lot better, I wish I could visit him more often.

  • At 7:41 PM, Blogger The MaryHunter said…

    Kevin, you never know just what tragedy will bring out in people. With your friend's wife, it was unfortunate. With Dana, it was unbridaled love.

    I feel guilty for bringing this up -- the two being such great crusaders in many ways -- but they allowed themselves to be suckered into the false promise of the embryonic stem cell gurus and became poster-folk for that over-hyped technology. I can't get the image out of my head of John Edwards saying "and if you elect us, people like Christopher Reeve will rise up and walk again..."

    Don't think me horrible for being somewhat negative. I was shocked and saddened to hear of her death. They have a surviving son... eleven, is he? What a tragedy, both parents gone!

  • At 8:32 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    I could never think badly of you TMH..Dana was just desperate and clung to whatever hope she was given. For that I can not judge her either.
    Thanks Karl M for your words..
    and Kev,..go visit him eh?..bet he would love to see ya.

  • At 11:03 PM, Blogger Lady Jane said…

    Thanks for the link, Angel!

  • At 5:52 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    That youn Reeve boy. How difficult this may be for him! He has lost both his parents is such a short time.


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