Sunday Inspiration: Patrick Henry Hughes

In my Sunday Inspirations I like to highlight people who are especially inspiring,

people who, like the women in my Goddesses series, have the courage to overcome daunting obstacles in their lives and the compassion to reach out and help others who struggle for respect and survival.

This is the story of a young man, Patrick Henry Hughes, who was born blind and without full use of his limbs, and yet because of a supportive family and his own tenacity, developed an amazing talent for music and the urge to share his gift.

It’s also the story of his father, who sees Patrick as his hero but who is a hero in his own right.

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  1. Terry Guerra on January 11, 2015 at 7:40 am

    What a remarkable young man and remarkable family! Possibilities are everywhere, maybe just not out in the open. Wow!

  2. Karen Burshnick on January 11, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Dear Emilie,
    Incredible story. It really touched my heart. It is amazing what some people can overcome. What a wonderful family! I pray that Patrick’s mom and dad stay well. His dad has quite a schedule. They are so supportive of each other. It was wonderful to read about them.

  3. Emilie Richards on January 11, 2015 at 9:18 am

    This is a wonderful story about the power of love, isn’t it? Patrick’s dad is amazing.

  4. Terri Chlapek on January 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I’d love to see you write about someone with Fibromyalgia. It’s so hard to live with, yet so many still accomplish so much (more than I can manage
    with it).

    • Emilie Richards on January 12, 2015 at 9:04 am

      It’s such a mysterious disease, isn’t it? And I know how painful and debilitating it can be. My friend Sandra Canfield wrote about a woman with rheumatoid arthritis, and did it so well. But she lived it and knew the ins and out. Sometimes that’s what it takes. I wish you well with this, Terri. Thinking of you.

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