December 14, 2005

Man with schizophrenia earns tae kwon do black belt

In a nice personal success story, The Dallas Morning News (Texas) reported yesterday that:

"William Blue has traveled independently, pursued higher education and, on Dec. 3, earned his black belt in tae kwon do.

Mr. Blue, a Plano resident, is more accomplished than many 34-year-olds, his life a testament to running down dreams.

He struggles with a form of schizophrenia that precludes him from processing abstract ideas and communicating whole thoughts, his mother, Hazel Ann Blue, said.

"I've just been kind of special all my life," said Mr. Blue, who's being treated with counseling and medication. "I just have had these problems."

Mr. Blue, a silverware wrapper at Cozymel's in Plano, graduated from special-education programs at Plano East Senior High School and the University of New Mexico at Roswell. He received his black belt after four years of lessons at Plano's Vision Martial Arts."


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