The way in which my cousin Danny copes and deals with his disease of Muscular Dystrophy is mind boggling to most people. This especially applies to people who are just meeting my valiant cousin for the first time. The situations in which he is put in and the manner in which he deals with most problems are efforts to be respected and looked up to as courageous.
Sometimes Danny's troubles and complications affect others, such as family members, more than he himself is bothered. If one were to ask Danny why this is so, his answer, without a doubt, would be that he realizes that there is not much in which he can do about it, but let nature take its course and continue his faith in God.
The primary and most significant conflict in my narrative is an inner one. It is the way Danny's turmoils affect my emotions. The way his problems are my problems and the way I must sometimes block them out for myself to be able to go on with my own life. I analyze how he deals with his disturbances and how that relates to my faith in God, and the way I feel about his misfortune. Perhaps I am not as mature or faithful as my triumphant cousin is and that is why I ask the question I believe he should be asking . . . "Why him?"
The direct participants are mainly myself, and of course Danny himself. However, if one would view this as an internal conflict pertaining to myself, it would definitely be a quarrel between my faith and confidence that when Danny passes, he will be in good hands. Continuing to tell myself that everything will be alright just does not cut it anymore. That used to be a feasible idea with some real faith behind it, but the more years that go by, the less likely my good buddy will be free of this life-sucking disease. Praying for a cure just does not seem realistic anymore. Even if a cure was found today, it would only be a preventative cure and could not reverse the damage that has already occurred in Danny boy's body. That would be a wonderful thing to rid the world of this horrible disease, but it still would not help my cousin. That upsets me tremendously, that I am finally realizing that there is not much short of a miracle that will save my cousin.
The indirect, but influential participants are Danny's family, my family and everyone involved, such as doctors, nurses, etc. The faith in which Danny possesses comes from the faith our whole family gives to him. Without Danny's family and all the help they have given him, I am positive he would not be the person he is today. The Doctors are also a major contribution to his success in "living" the way he does. Most of the time, he would have the best in the country. There is a wide variety of perspectives that were shown at diverse times throughout Danny's troubles. For the most part, family members would be encouraging and optimistic in front of Danny but one knows that they do not believe in what they say...