It is with these questions in mind that I embarked on the journey of getting to know Dr. Darrell Pone. I strove to become more familiar with the African American man whose tumultuous birth in the 50s left him diagnosed with cerebral palsy at infancy, a man who would then journey on to become a practicing medical physician, writer, and public speaker. I interviewed Dr. Pone on his 10 Keys to Success outlined in his book entitled, “We’ve Come This Far By Faith.” To say that I concluded this journey motivated would not be enough. Dr. Pone’s story brought insight into my own challenges throughout the years. It brought clarity to my mind, allowing me to see beyond disappointments and for the first time accept that trial can truly be a blessing.
"Dr. Pone is a remarkable man. When I first met him I was extremely worried that if I could not understand his every word, I would insult him. I had never interacted with someone who had Cerebral Palsy, and I am embarrassed to say that, simply, I just did not know what to do or expect. Then I told myself to just relax. It would not be the first time that I have had to ask someone to repeat themselves, especially if a person had a thick accent. I just don’t have an ear for accents. I know that Dr. Pone has Cerebral Palsy, and not just a foreign accent. However, I had to look at the two in a similar fashion. My approach and mindset had to be one which did not involve my constantly relying on his wife for translation. At any rate, once I took that pressure off of myself, to understand every single word he spoke, I began to understand nearly everything he said. I have grown to consider him a friend in the purest form. One of my favorite things to do, when time allows, is to sit down with Dr. Darrell Pone and his lovely wife, Dr. Gloria Nixon-Pone, over breakfast to just talk about anything and everything. They both are wells of information, and the conversation is always stimulating. My favorite topics to discuss with them involve the Civil Rights era and their family lineages. I love our friendship and the respect that we share for one another."
Sadanya S L Cuadra
CEO/ Founder, FEMI Magazine
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