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My Grandpa Coles is a stubborn man. He is 96, and I have to say, I think that stubbornness is the very thing that is keeping him alive! He has had a tough year. Less than a year ago he was living in St George in his home with my grandma. He was caring for her – medicine, cooking, cleaning, bathing…all of it. He was even driving, and that is a SCARY thing! He can barely see, so my grandma (who had dementia) was his eyes while he drove to Walmart every day. I just prayed they didn’t hit anyone or run into a tree. My grandma’s health was deteriorating, and after he had taken her to the ER numerous times, the doctors told my family it was time they were moved into an assisted living facility.

I think that is the thing everyone dreads – to lose their freedom. He fought it for 96 years! That’s longer than most anyone I’ve ever heard of! My parents have had the privilege of helping him through the loss of his wife and sweetheart of 60+ years in May, and through the transition to a new home in Lehi. My dad is so wonderful with him. He visits every day, clips his toenails, cuts his hair, even scrubs his toilet. I think it’s been a blessing for both of them…most of the time.

Remember I said he was stubborn. Well, that’s kind of an understatement. He’s very hard headed and there is really no talking him out of anything when he sets his mind on it. Even if it’s completely irrational! Well, I want to share what that stubbornness can do for you. My cousin Joe visited him last week and grandpa told him that he is staying healthy by exercising. 2 miles of walking, sit ups and push ups. He laughed and said, Grandpa, you do not do pushups anymore!

He responded by slowly getting down on his hands and knees any showing just how he does it. It left Joe speechless, and probably will you too! You will want to watch this one!!

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So some quotes came to mind when I watched this :
“Where there is a will there is a way…”
“When life give you lemons, make lemonade…”
“Life is only as good as you make it…”

My grandpa was an amazing marathon runner and bicyclist in his day. He ran his last marathon at 78. He hasn’t been up for marathons for awhile, but was pushing my grandma around their neighborhood in her wheelchair a couple of miles a day earlier this year. Unfortunately, he fell and hurt his back a few months ago. He could barely stand, even using a walker, and was in a lot of pain. Rather than laying down, felling sorry for himself and getting sour from all the lemons, he slowly started walking.First in his room, then down the hallway, then through the other hallways. It’s a very slow two miles through hallways with a walker…but he does it everyday. He has inspired me to push past the limits I give myself- to see well beyond the walker and the aged feet and see the possibility of a marathon (yes, he told my dad that is his next goal!). What are we all capable of? I think we would be astonished to find out. What are we physically, mentally, intellectually, and emotionally able to endure and accomplish? I think we set our own limits, and short change our potential. I am going to channel my grandpa’s indomitable will to see what I can do in my life, and I challenge you to do the same. Take those lemons and do something amazing with them! And if you haven’t done your push-ups today, what’s your excuse???

Dr. Michelle Jorgensen

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