Following the conclusion of the Jerry Sandusky trial and the jury finding him guilty of 45 of the 48 counts against him, I am reposting Justice for All, written November 14, 2011. A lot has occurred since that time, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was fired following a 46 year career and later passed away from lung cancer, other Penn State employees were also terminated and are facing perjury charges as well as a host of other issues stemming from the scandal. However, my heart goes out to the many victims who were and will continue to be affected by this horrible situation. However, seeing justice served is a step in the right direction and I hope the open wounds will begin to heal.

My Unplanned Life...

No matter how hard I try not to admit it, after living in Pennsylvania for more than 18 years, a little bit of the blue state did rub off on me. Needless to say, during the past two weeks, it has been difficult thinking of the circumstances involving the infamous Pennsylvania State University. In fact, when living in PA, you quickly learn there really is no other college in the state of its caliber where its alumni rally behind, attend football games way into retirement, name as beneficiaries in estates and support every decision made by the college’s football coaching staff. For students who knew they wanted to attend Penn State while in high school but lived in another state, their parents relocated to Pennsylvania to increase the odds of acceptance. I know, I have one friend who did this for her son.

Then, scandal dealt its ugly blow. During one…

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About mswd

I am an individual living with a spinal cord injury. How the injury occurred, how I found out how severe my injury was and how my planned life suddenly became 'unplanned' is included in this blog. Also included is how the injury has tested my family and me. I believe you will discover it has been both a mentally and physically challenging ordeal and I learned a few lessons along the way. While I am still defining my life’s purpose since the injury, I have uncovered those who are injured, live with pain or have other obstacles to navigate are never able to escape. However, come with me as I explore ways to improve my life, learn to live with multiple neurological conditions, educate others and look for the silver lining. I believe with a little willpower, my caring family and God's guidance I will learn to forgive, hopefully forget how I was treated and dismissed by a doctor and uncover life's new purpose. I pray for painfree days and answers to questions that keep swirling through my mind. I also pray for a cure for neurological conditions and for the doctors to treat their patients with respect. Welcome to my journey. I would love to hear about yours!
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  1. Bill says:

    I must agree with your words. My father attended Penn State. I saw pictures of myself as a baby on the nittany lion statue. He worshiped Joe Paterno every year during football season. It is sad that a person could exist to harm others such as Mr. Sandusky. I do hope that the Lord will help those abused and somehow forgive Mr. Sandusky for his ill behavior. We are all humans and somehow must learn from this to forgive. I am not condoning his behavior. We are all sinners

    • mswd says:

      Thank you for your message Bill. I agree 100 percent — we are all sinners. In my case, I have and continue to work very hard to forgive the person who betrayed me and then lied to cover it up. More importantly, I have to say, my heart goes out to the victims of Mr. Sandusky and I hope this verdict will help them find peace and to get on with their lives. I know if Dr. Liar had been found guilty it would have been easier for me to move forward. However, what Penn State did this morning by offering to settle out of court with each of the victims was the right thing to do. It should be handled privately and confidentially — and I hope the media will stay out of it. I also hope in time, Penn State will be able to regain its reputation and move forward. After all…college isn’t only about football and a few people shouldn’t be able to tarnish it’s 157 year history.

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