In The Face of The Impossible

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under In Focus, Inspirational, Life Lessons on November 21, 2009

Recently, I was able to watch Episode 7 of Grey’s Anatomy Season 6 entitled, “Give Peace A Chance”.

The episode was so powerful for me that I can’t help but write about it today.

But first, for those who you don’t know – Grey’s Anatomy is an award winning American drama television series.

Set inside the fictitious Seattle Grace Hospital in Washington, the show features the colorful and complicated world of surgeons and how they work hard to become the best in their field while trying to keep up with the demands of their personal lives.

Anyway, during the said episode, neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd (played by Patrick Dempsey) was approached by Isaac, a hospital staff, regarding his spinal tumor.

Isaac wanted Derek to take a shot at removing the tumor which many other doctors have already dismissed as “inoperable”.

Not only is it dangerous but it seems that the only way to take it out is to cut the spinal cord, which would permanently paralyze Isaac’s legs and feet. Watch a short clip of the episode below:

In my life, I have also encountered a similar “inoperable tumor” in the form of credit card debt.

Years ago, my debt was almost ten times the size of my regular income. Collection agencies were calling me all the time and it came to the point where I have gone sleepless for many nights, feeling frightened of what would happen to me in the coming days.

It took me more than two years to get rid of all those debt.


And if you ask me how I did it, I’ll instead give you what Isaac told Derek just before surgery in that episode.


If you get in and it’s too complicated, cut the cord. Paralyze me if you must. I survived a war, did you know that? I survived a war where they put bodies into mass graves where there’s once a playground.

I survived the death of my family, my parents, my brothers and sisters. Then I survived the death of my wife and child when they starved to death in a refugee camp.

I survived the loss of my country, of hearing my mother tongue spoken, of knowing what it feels like to have a place to call home. I survived and I will survive the loss of my legs. If I have to. I’ll survive it. Ok?

But Derek there is always a way, when things look like there there’s no way, there is a way.

To do the impossible, to survive the un-survivable, there’s always a way.

And you, you and I have this in common – we’re inspired.

In the face of the impossible, we’re inspired.

So if I can offer one piece of advice to the world’s foremost neurosurgeon, today if you become frightened, instead become inspired.

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6 Responses to “In The Face of The Impossible”

  1. Good work Fitz! Nice analogy relating Greys Anatomy and Credit Card Debt.

  2. panoorin ko kaya to from Season 1. Di ko pa to napapanood eh. hehehehe

  3. paynjo says:

    I watched this episode too! Maganda talaga 🙂 Nice post!

  4. Rina says:

    Grey’s Anatomy fan here …

    Ang galing ng analogy Fitz! Cutting the cord and paralyzing the patient is the easiest way out but Derek didn’t want that. In all the time I’ve been watching this TV series, Derek has always been pushing himself to find new ways of treatment and to become a better surgeon.

    Kainis! This post is so timely as regards to my illustrations! 😛

  5. Lav says:

    Hello Fitz,

    I watched this episode also. by the way i’m experiencing the dilemma that you experienced few years backand this is regarding the credit card debt. Same situation “my debt was almost ten times the size of my regular income” and I’m really having hard time paying it off. It’s been a burden for me for a year now. I would really appreciate if you could give me some tips or advise on how can i cope. Please my credit is getting worse and worse everyday. I can’t even apply a loan because of my credit standing. I do really need some help.

    Thanks and God Bless!!!

  6. Fitz says:

    Thanks everyone for the comments, it’s obvious that I’m a Grey’s Anatomy fan. 😀

    Panoorin mo, maganda ‘yang series na ‘yan.

    In general, you basically have to stop using your credit cards and find a way to pay all the minimum first.

    Then budget your income so you can live within your means while you find (and work for) extra cash to pay more than that minimum every month. Continue doing so until all debt is eliminated.

    However, I do believe that each person has his or her own unique solution to credit card debt. Take stock of your current situation and “be inspired”.

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