cassie s. mitchell, ph.d.


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The most common question I get is, “How do you do ‘it’?”   The “it” refers to my positive attitude and zeal for lifeā€”the fact I have decided to not give up after my physical crises, to move boldly forward and to be a contributing member to society.


When bad things happen, it brings out the best or the worst in a person.  This is often depicted on the news in the wake of natural disasters such as tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes.  Many people come out to volunteer for clean up, donate money, or assist in whatever way they can.  However, other people loot victims’ belongings or wrongly portray themselves as victims in order to prey on the kindness of others.  


never_give_upIn any crisis, there is an overt choice to rise above the occasion with joy and virtue or to sink to the depths of depression and corruption. Early on, just two weeks after my initial paralysis, I decided that I would soar above my situation like an eagle, rising to my best.  It is a choice I still must face each and every day.  I have a sign in my office (pictured) that says, “Never, never, never give up,” that serves as a reminder to my commitment to overcome challenges and find beauty from pain. The aforementioned may sound idealistic.  However, rest assured that I am not superhuman nor am I exempt from physical or emotional pain.  Rather, God, in His strength and love, aids me each and every step of the way. He has richly blessed my life through both tribulation and triumph.