Oh, let me
dream, (Itís only right)
To run, to
jump, so long (so high),
To pass the
ball, right to the sky,
To ski, to
skate, and even ... fly
And never ask
It gives me
such release to know,
In dreams, I
can excel and go!
I feel it all
- Iím very strong!
My legs are
muscled, straight and long.
My hands can
clutch and hold so tight.
I have a
warrior's strength and might!
And when I
wake to face the day,
I know Iíll
But with my
mind, Iíll play the game;
To make life
worth the effort - pain.
One day, Iíll
wake to sleep no more,
a golden shore
And I wonít
dream ~ but, I WILL run.
and shout with Godís own Son!
I'll serve with body frail;
So very weak
and sometimes pale.
I know it
will be worth it all.
I'll hold my
faith 'til clarion call.
I'll dream my
dreams, until I see
The Lord of
Mercy set me free!
© 2002 by
Joan Clifton Costner
Richard at 16, and in the 10th grade, is also taking
He is interested in Astronomy so he is taking several
language and math
classes and doing well in them.
Richard was diagnosed with MD when he was about 5 or
Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that causes muscle
By the age of 8 or 9 he had to use a wheel
chair because he
could no longer walk, and will never be able to walk
Two years ago Richard developed an 80% curvature of
spine. In surgery they put rods in his back to
correct the problem.
He was so happy after surgery because he then became
than me! (I am only 5'1")
When Richard was diagnosed with MD, they tested his
brother, Michael. He also was diagnosed with MD.
Michael will be 13 in May. I remember when he took
steps. He was at my house and walked from my friend
Seven years later he could no longer walk and is now
in a wheel chair.
Richard and Michael have trouble feeding themselves,
they cannot lift
much and are unable to dress themselves. Because of
their arms and wrists schoolwork often becomes a
They have a computer to help them and soon they will
voice-activated computer to help them with their
Richard and Michael are both honor students, even
they have to to have a one-on-one assistant teacher
to help them
with their books and turn pages for them. I am so
both of them!
They boys love to read and enjoy camping with their
and other relatives. Their father made them seats for
the sand rails,
so they can be safe while sand railing. They enjoy
playing on the softball
and soccer teams for children with special
needs. They also enjoy
playing games on their play station.
At times in a restaurant, people stare at them. This
feel bad and sometimes don't even feel like finishing
This upsets me because when it is adults, they should
They should understand that they DO have feelings.
Michael has never mentioned anything he would like to
do. He has
always wanted to do what Richard does.
Richard and Michael believe in God and angels.
Richard and Michael's grandmother.
(Not Joan Clifton Costner) :-)
Joan has a stationery site:
All pages are listed in the Library.
Please pray for Richard and Michael,
and for all of
"God's Special Children".