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A Toast to Michael J Fox

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 04-11-2000 01:31 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

I would like to apologize for posting so much these last few days, but I will probably not be writing as much due to family matters, and so I've been trying to get as much posted now as I can. Thanks for your understanding


A Toast to Michael J Fox

I make this toast of gratefulness - HERE”S TO MICHAEL J !!!
He looked into his soul one night and then began to pray
He knew the fate that lay before him, what remained in store
He looked around and stood his ground and truth began to pour

Michael J. confessed his illness to the listening world
A man too young for Parkinson’s , realities unfurled
He used his fame to battle shame and pure defenselessness
His spoken word was truly heard and made the difference

But even so not many know the truth of the disease
They think that taking medications puts all cares at ease
Most think that shaking is the only symptom of the days
Unaware it manifests itself in many ways

So many unknown facts abound, no one can tell you why
No one can give direction or the answers simplify
For no one knows how long, how far, until a cure is found
But all of us with Parkinson’s are glad Michael’s around

Each day you feel a little pull, that something is askew
As common little skills are slowly being robbed from you
But just when you feel helpless , in a nightmare kind of dream
There is Michael’s smiling face upon the TV screen

He’s given hope and given help, he’s made the wheels turn fast
Thanks to Michael J Fox’s deeds,  we’ll see a cure at last
It seems the ways to better days are paved by very few
Michael J, you've made my day, so here, this one's for you


Elizabeth Santos




[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 04-11-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
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I never knew of Micheal`s situation but now i see him in a whole new light , thank you for the insight and the awesome poem Hopefully they`ll find a cure soon, till then you`re in my prayers Elizabeth
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2 posted 04-11-2000 06:38 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Lizzie~
You reach us
and you teach us ...
your loving spirit lifts you
and others ...
Know that you are in our prayers daily.
This is an inspirational piece.
Love ya'
~*Marge*~





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Elizabeth Santos
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3 posted 04-11-2000 07:14 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you Marge and Nameless for your comments. It is thought that there will be a cure for Parkinsons within 5 to 10 years. And that will mean a cure for all neurodegenerative deseases. Michael has done more to raise funds than any single person and because of his efforts the entire Parkinsons community has joined together in their efforts to find a cure. My hat's off to him!
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4 posted 04-11-2000 07:29 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Lizzy lovey - don't apologise hon...

Your poetry is wonderful! You are a one of the reasons Passions is as it is...

And this poem was no exception...he is an admirable person...

hugs

K
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5 posted 04-11-2000 07:34 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

If only "Back to the Future" really existed for both of you - and those who share your illness.... Nice work, Elizabeth
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6 posted 04-11-2000 09:26 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I cannot 'clink' a toast to Michael without lifting my glass of kindness to you as well, dear Elizabeth, for a job well done!
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7 posted 04-11-2000 09:33 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Liz I remember him telling about this. What an inspiration it was. An inspiration to many I'm sure. What a lovely poem in tribute!

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YOUR LIFE IS NOT A COINCIDENCE. IT'S A REFLECTION OF YOU!


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8 posted 04-11-2000 09:42 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

I'll toast to Michael,
And also to you,
Hell I'll toast to anything
Cuz I just love my brew.

But this one means something,
To all that need cure,
So a toast for the ill folks,
My sincerity is pure.

Nicely done Liz
As all of yours are,
Hope you're doing well
Love-Toe from a bar!
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I admire him greatly   oh...and also your work  
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10 posted 04-11-2000 11:14 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Elizabeth: Please don't ever apologize for posting... your every poem is a gem... and this one is no exception. A toast to you both!

(Toe, will you share that brew... just so I can toast properly, mind you! *G*)
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11 posted 04-11-2000 11:29 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

You are an inspiration too, Elizabeth. Your positive attitude in the face of adversity has certainly struck a chord with me! So, cheers to you, too!!

Denise
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12 posted 04-11-2000 12:57 PM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste

Very well said, Elizabeth.  Nice poem.  I'm also an admirer of Michael

 


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God Bless Michael and God Bless you, Liz .....
Wonderful piece,dear ....
Seymour Tabin
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14 posted 04-11-2000 01:23 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
A wonderful tribute to a wonderful person from a wonderful poetess. LOve Sy
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15 posted 04-11-2000 01:28 PM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

thanx for this miss liz i saw back to the future like ten times in the theatre yuh (sniff)wonderful poem

 All Day I Dream About Stanzas!!
Martie
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Liz, your poetry is a gem and something I always look forward to--Michael J. Fox is a wonderful human being--he has my admiration, as do you dear Liz.  Hugs!!
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Can I stick a plug in here too. I love Michale J's work. Every one of his movies has brought a smile to my face and made me laugh many times. I was shocked and sad to here the news, I have a great uncle with this desease.
Michael has contributed to all our lives, and I'm proud to say he comes from your little brothers to the north.
He is a Canadian, and we all pray for him.

.... Great Tribute Liz.

Parker


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This was wonderful Liz!  He is one of my favourite actors also.  I have always found his sense of humour to be original.  Thank God for a sense of humour, he will need it now more then ever.  They say laughter is a cure beyond medicine.

Marina
Elizabeth Santos
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19 posted 04-11-2000 05:17 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you all so very much for your wonderful remarks. Yes, I have also seen Back to the Future many times. But Michael's best performance was before a Congressional commitee. He purposely avoided taking his medication so that they could witness first hand the effects of the disease, and believe me, that took a lot of courage. Again, my hat's off to him
Thanks again
Liz
 
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