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  • You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’…You must do the thing you think you cannot do” (Roosevelt, You Learn by Living 29-30).
  • Right now I have an elderly patient with post polio syndrome. Can't say anymore than that due to confidentiality.

    But yes, polio. Can you believe that? Sometimes we think these things are gone...but they aren't.
  • Today I have been thinking about FDR who had polio. It did not stop him from being a leader or doing what he needed to do. It did not keep him from his destiny. And perhaps it helped him. He knew personally about struggles and overcoming diversity. Perhaps like St. Paul it was the "thorn in his side" to keep him humble and remind him of weakness. He became an important leader in this country. Despite his polio.

    This is not a commentary on the times or what he did right or wrong. History speaks for itself. I was just thinking today about polio. And how strength is made perfect in weakness.
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