(PRWEB) February 1, 2005
ÂI wanted to stop the moviegoers as they left the theater to tell them Maggie wasnÂt the typical ventilator-dependent, disabled person. Most of us want to live.Â
For Christian author and speaker, Jason Mitchener, Clint EastwoodÂs film ÂMillion Dollar BabyÂ was just another inspirational boxing movie until the surprise third act when Hilary SwankÂs character Maggie ends up as a quadriplegic and ventilator-dependent.
Mitchener, who is also confined to a wheelchair and ventilator dependent, was at first excited to see a movie portray someone similar to him. ÂBut when I saw Maggie asking Clint EastwoodÂs character to end her life, I wanted to scream, ÂDonÂt do it! Life is worth living.ÂÂ
In 1991, Mitchener was admitted to a rehabilitation center at the age of 21. He couldnÂt bathe, feed, or dress himself. Paralyzed from the shoulders down due to a rare neuromuscular disease, he now required a ventilator to help him breathe. ÂAt first, I felt useless, like my life was over. But I knew God had bigger plans for me.Â Those plans included the publication of his devotional book ÂJust Passing Through: Notes from a Fellow TravelerÂ which he typed with a stick held between his teeth.
ÂEastwoodÂs film shook me to the core,Â Mitchener says. ÂIt was yet another attempt to show that the life of a disabled person has no value.Â Mitchener proves his value every day by ministering daily to the hundreds of people who subscribe to his e-mail devotional messages. He is also a talented digital artist and songwriter who has had songs recorded on CDs by three Christian music artists.
ÂI couldnÂt understand MaggieÂs wish to end her life. She was a boxer, but she stopped fighting,Â Mitchener says. With his fierce desire to encourage others through his love for life, Mitchener is the true fighter.
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