Truly Blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey.

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James Martin
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Netflix is the blessing to my tv time. Twenty years ago, had I become disabled, I would be stuck with daytime tv. Imagine the mental stimulation: The Price is Right, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, the People's Court, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune followed by Jeopardy, and finally the person responsible for more divorces than anyone (and the feminization of men),  the Queen of dysfunction, Oprah.  What is really sad is that I actually remember that schedule.

Netflix has saved me from that existence.  Now I can watch what I want, when I want and without preparation H.  Well at least without preparation H commercials. What a cool and refreshing change.

I have watched many shows, dramas, comedies and documentaries.  I want to share my view on two excellent drama series, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. 

Breaking Bad is one of the best, if not darkest dramas I have ever seen. The main character, Walt, is a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer. The story accurately chronicles his emotional roller-coaster of knowing death is only a few loops away. He deals with this by becoming a crystal meth cook and drug dealer. I was never good at chemistry, probably a good thing.  

The Walking Dead is a show about zombies trying to feed on the unafflicted.   I know it is not everyone's cup of tea,  or slice of flesh, but it too is well done. I was intrigued by the zombies.  You see, they and I walk the same: a dominant leg dragging a non responsive one.  The only differences are I use a cane, and red meat is no longer easy for me to swallow.   But I see myself more like the survivors, traveling on a journey filled with uncertainty while villans attack my body. For now I am still walking and appear not to be dead. 

So in my humble opinion, Netflix is worth the minimal cost. Teachers cooking meth, zombies eating the living,  no Oprah, my journey is good. 

Last updated: 10:46 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

James Martin is a former attorney and graduate of Gonzaga University and Marquette Law School. He lives in Spring Prairie near Burlington. He has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He is married with 6 kids. James is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the Gazette staff or management.

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