I first met Monica Duran... jeez, easily 8-9 years ago. I met her with Phil Romero who was, and continues to be, her Qi Gong and Wing Chun teacher. As you will see in the short clip below, Monica has lost the majority of her vision due to complication of diabetes (a disease rampant not only back home in New Mexico, but throughout the US). Yet I have never heard one word of complaint from her in everything she does. Attending UNM working on her bachelors. Training (and holding her own!!!) with guys twice her size in class!
Monica hopes to spread awareness and work preventative measures to those children and young adults considered high risk for diabetes throughout New Mexico. I wish her all the luck in the world with all of her ventures, and I hope the next time you are sitting on your ass reading my blog making excuses why you can't do ___________________ (fill in the blank), that you think of Monica and all the little things we take for granted having our eyesight that she lives without day in and day out for the rest of her life. Funny how those excuses kind of become meaningless eh!?
Kudos to my amigo Phil as well for always sticking by Monica and constantly challenging her. Phil has never given anyone anything, you must earn it with him, be it respect, skills, lessons etc. Phil helped mold Monica and ensure she keeps disciplined and he will be the first to tell you that he has learned more from her then she has from him!
(As a side note; for anyone in Albuquerque, NM. looking for a solid Wing Chun instructor, there is no better than Phil Romero. Top disciple of Hawking Cheung, Phil knows his shit inside and out!)
I hope you find this story inspiring!