08/05/09 — Lisa's strength: 18-year-old could have given up; but she is fighting instead

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Lisa's strength: 18-year-old could have given up; but she is fighting instead

There certainly is plenty to talk about your county government today -- a veritable cornucopia of potential commentary.

But that's going to wait. There is something more important to discuss today.

Lisa Mozingo is a young lady who has had a tough year.

After a May 19 accident that left her partially paralyzed, Lisa has struggled to get herself on the road to recovery -- with the loving support of family, friends and community members.

Even though the odds were against her, she managed to work hard enough to make it to her high school graduation -- all smiles along with her Spring Creek High School classmates.

She could have curled up in a ball and felt sorry for herself. She could have given up her dream of going to college.

Not Lisa. Instead, she embarked on an intensive program to get herself ready to move on with her life -- no complaining, no whining, no excuses.

And, lately, that going has not been easy.

Her injuries are a little too much to allow her to go to Mount Olive College this fall -- her scholarships will wait for her.

And rehabilitation has taken a toll on the perky young lady. She is more tired now, her parents say.

But that doesn't mean she is going to give up -- and therefore, neither will her family and friends.

There are a variety of benefits being planned for Lisa this weekend -- from barbecue plate sales to other fundraising activities. The money raised will help defray the huge medical expenses an injury like this requires. All of this weekend's benefits are also designed to let Lisa know that her community believes in her and supports her.

But she has given many people in her community a gift, too.

Looking at Lisa and her courage and determination teaches the rest of us something about the choices we can make when we are faced with some sort of bad luck or tragedy in our own lives.

She has taught all of us that anything is possible as long as you have faith.

It is a lesson so many of us forget.

So, even though the going is rough right now, Lisa should know she has lots of admirers -- and a whole community who can't wait to help her celebrate her future college graduation.

If anyone can do it, she can.

Published in Editorials on August 5, 2009 11:00 AM