Mr. Patrick

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Mr. Patrick

I am the son of a teacher.  I spent a lot of time in the classroom.  I remember helping my mom clean her classroom at the end of the school year and then help set it up when a new school year was about to begin.  I wasn't a very good student until I was about 20 years old.  A friend of mine who was an amateur body builder introduced me to weight training.  I soon found my confidence, and my grades, start to rise.  I went on to achieve a Bachelor's degree at Nicholls State and then my Master's degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. 

I was born with a rare heart disease which led to 4 heart surgeries.  My first in 1968 and my last in 2018.  I have a 4 patches on my heart, a mechanical aortic valve, a pacemaker, and a few more heart valve repairs.  I now have congestive heart failure and restrictive lung disease.  I also had a cyst removed from my left chest in the fall of 2019.  I don't think I would have made it without a healthy lifestyle.  I participate in activities I enjoy and still eat pretty healthy.  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has given me the strength to keep going.  

Everyone of us has challenges.  My goal is to pass on the joy of movement and the ability to live a full and active life. 

The students know that I love Superman.  Not just the character, movies, or comics; but what the character stands for.  I believe we can all be super heroes.  Superman's motto is Truth, Justice, and the American Way.  I believe that if we are truthful, fair, and work hard; we all can become heroes.