Cody’s Video

Song 1 - Into the Mystic (Van Morrison)

Song 2 - I Hope You Dance (Lee Ann Womack)

Song 3 - Forever Young (Bob Dylan)

Song 4 - I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton) 
NOTE
The video is 14.8 MB.  It may be difficult to view with dial-up or other slow connections.

I have worn the medal of victory after several triumphs in physical battle.  I dive into adventure and endure all the unexpected turns.  I swing from vines over crocodile infested pools and I play with venomous predators. I challenge the ghostly eyes illuminating the forest walls and await the anticipated onslaught. I am a victor not a victim.  I am a young woman of courage and strength and I am determined and thirsty for life.  Neither lure nor treachery has ever or will ever win me as I am armed with power and bravery.  Life is as much my playground as yours and I will strive my hardest to play as rough and tough as my fellow playmates. I may fall but I will never stay down, as I too am a participant in the race of man.  I am the undaunted protagonist in an adventure I call Cystic Fibrosis.

 

To be a warrior in life one must learn to fight for who they are.  I strive everyday to prove who I am and what I am capable of accomplishing.  I want to unveil the eyes of the blind so they can see that I am just as able-bodied and willing to live life to its fullest.  I know not whether I gained strength and courage from my daily struggles or whether God chose me because I already possessed the nature capable of enduring such emotional and physical affliction.  I do know, however, that in a way I have been blessed.  Cystic Fibrosis has helped give birth to a deeper appreciation for life and all of its gifts. An education is one of the most beautiful gifts that life has to offer and I want to dive into it and then share what it gives to me with the rest of the world.  I am well aware that my college career will be filled with dips and bends as it is for most collegiates, but I welcome these adventures and look forward to them.  I aim to explore myself and in the progress expand myself.  The world is like an eddy effusing with opportunity and bursting with life. I am going to go fishing and I aim to catch myself a whopper. I want to grab hold of all of life’s treasures and take every opportunity to bask in their glory.  I see a side of life that few have or will ever see.  Each day filled with exhaustion, tears, and pain, is a look into an unexplored galaxy that I feel lucky to have seen. Even though my school absences are abundant, my education continues to prosper as I have a fierce hunger for knowledge.  I work harder and devote more time than most students not only because I want to keep up with the pack, but because I want to be the leader. Some doubt that I will be able to walk in the shoes I hope to fulfill, but I always succeed.  Not only do I satisfy the breadth of my intended, but I dance in them until the soles run ragged.
                                                                                                             -- Cody Dieruf
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