I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and by Patrick Henry Hughes

By Patrick Henry Hughes

Patrick Henry Hughes was once born with a unprecedented genetic disease that left him with out eyes and bodily disabled. yet he used to be additionally blessed with extraordinary musical talent—able to play the piano as a baby and now, at age 19, a nationally identified pianist, singer, and trumpeter who has played on the Grand Ole Opry and the Kennedy heart. at the moment he’s a member of his collage marching band, taking part in whereas his dedicated father pushes him in his wheelchair. With decided optimism and braveness, Hughes has made “I am power” his mantra and defied the most unlikely at each flip. Now, for the 1st time, Hughes and his father percentage the whole account of his outstanding trip. In i'm capability, Hughes recounts the 8 serious classes he has realized which are on the center of his luck, together with “When lifestyles grants Lemons, settle for Them and Be thankful” and “Do All you could to alter What You Can.” Uplifting and revealing, i'm capability is remarkably inspirational for a person dealing with demanding situations of their personal existence.

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We all just sat there looking at our little boy, each person wrapped in his or her own private thoughts. My own were, Will he ever be like he was before the operation? Was his brain damaged from the operation or the anesthesia? Please Lord, help him. Four days can be a long time when you’re going through something like this. I tried to appear like my typical optimistic self. “Just give it time,” I said, but inside I was dying. Before this point, there seemed to be a growing sense of balance in our world.

Qxd 8/12/08 12:16 PM Page 17 when life gives you lemons 17 complaining that I was less than I could and should be. It was like she knew I needed time to someday grow up and come through. Despite my lack of maturity, and because of Patricia’s strength and selfless dedication, we moved forward through those first difficult days together: the Hughes family with our beloved newborn son, Patrick Henry. qxd 18 8/12/08 12:16 PM Page 18 i am potential When Life Gives You Lemons, Accept Them and Be Grateful patrick henry a I’ve known from an early age that I was dealt a hand in life different from the cards others got.

On the third day, the staff got me up for the first time and put me in a wheelchair, where I had to sit for five minutes. qxd 8/12/08 12:16 PM Page 41 do all you can to change what you can 41 This started my rehab process, and sitting up was the first task I had to tackle. It doesn’t seem like a lot, I know, but it was an ordeal. Being moved was bad, but sitting was worse. The pain shot through my back and all the way down my legs, like a shock wave. The next day, I pretended I had to go to the bathroom right away, before my five minutes was up, so that I could get back into bed.

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