Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.Viktor E. Frankl
This young man, Jay Dee, has had a huge impact on me and my son, Cody.
He suffered from Muscular Dystrophy for the past 20 years. On Tuesday, he passed away. He is now free from his diseased body, and is most likely busy playing basketball--which was his favorite!
It is his life, not his death that is the focus.
You see, Jay Dee served an honorable two-year LDS mission in the Family History Center AND earned an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design. He accomplished these things while confined to a wheelchair and with only limited use of his arms. Yet he chose to serve, he chose to learn, he chose to achieve, he chose his attitude, and he chose to live his life to the fullest!
See his obituary here
Something you may not know about Jay Dee: his grandmother served her mission in the Family History Center along side him in order to help care for him during his service. The disease had so devastated his body that he was unable to feed himself.
Elder Haidenthaller is one of my sons's best friends and we will miss him but rejoice that he is now free.
Rest well, friend.