Unshakable Hope

What to do with “Wishing Wednesdays”? After four years, the serialized episodes of my fantasy novel The Wishing Map have reached an end. (If you’ve never read it, or would like to read it again, click here.) And now?
It seemed to me that nothing could better capture the spirit of Wishing Wednesdays than featuring a blogger each week who, in his or her own unique way, is making the world better. And I can think of no one who does that better than Bill Sweeney. I’ve never met Bill in the flesh. Nevertheless, I consider him a dear friend–and a personal hero.
He has that effect on people.
Bill was diagnosed with ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on his 36th birthday. He was given 3-5 years to live. He recently turned 58. Living nearly two decades beyond that death sentence would be impressive in itself, but what’s far more impressive is how Bill lives. Completely paralyzed, he types challenging, life-affirming messages using only his eyes. Eyes filled with compassion, wit, and wisdom.
And so, without further delay, I’m sending you to discover Bill Sweeney and his message of Unshakable Hope!

Unshakable Hope

I finished this post on perseverance on the 23rd of last month and was planning to post it the following day. But it seemed that I had another lesson on perseverance to learn and more paragraphs to add before I posted it.

I woke up that Monday morning and was not feeling well, but I stuck with my routine of Mary getting me dressed and out of bed at 7:30. I found it so difficult to breathe, much more difficult than usual when Mary removed my breathing mask. Still, like thousands of times before, I lied to myself about being a tough guy and surged ahead.

When Mary finally got me propped up in my wheelchair in front of my computer I couldn’t breathe, even after Mary put my breathing mask back on. I struggled even to open my eyes, which is a real problem when you control your computer’s…

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20 Responses to Perseverance

  1. Incredible testimony! Thank for posting this sir! I followed Bill’s blog and I will be praying for him and his family! God bless!

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  2. Wow. Bill is an inspiration to many, Mitch. His story deserves to be featured everywhere. Wow. What a human being. I’ll be sure to check out his page.

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  3. badfinger20 says:

    That gives you a different perspective on what is important. That is a strong man.

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  4. He is a truly great man an encouragement and example to all.

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  5. I am following him and he never fails to amaze me.

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  6. joyroses13 says:

    Wow! I just left a comment on his page. Thanks so much for sharing this, what an incredible man! Such a great inspiration!!!

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  7. Oh, goodness!! Overwhelmed. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  8. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    Crazy, amazing story. Thank you for sharing.

    In Christ,


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  9. kakymc says:

    Wow. Thanks so much for bringing this man and his blog to our attention!

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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