Greta: Making Things Happen
Produced in 2012 (Run time 6:12)
Alexa Joshua, MD: I guess we get this from our mom. She had always told us there is nothing in life that you can't do. Whatever you decide to do, you know, persevere, and you will be successful at it. I think Greta internalized that. Growing up with her, I saw that it didn't limit her enthusiasm, and it didn't limit her drive and desire to excel past what her physical limitations were
Greta Joshua: My mom and my sister taught me when I was small to do as much as you can for yourself.
Xiaoping Huang, MD: The first time I met her I was very shocked because Alexa never told me Greta is disabled. So from what my conversation with Dr. Joshua is she goes to work and they travel together and Greta apparently is very funny and telling jokes. So I did not know, I guess, my perception of a disabled person is somewhat incorrect it proved later to be.
Greta Joshua: I've been working here with my sister, so I'm here two days a week. I open the mail and I take out the labs and put all the labs together. I fill up the copier machine with paper.
Tanya Mattox: She's very independent, a lot more independent than you would expect. I had to learn to allow her to take care of things for herself. Even if she struggled with it, she preferred to work it out.
Rosemary Sprinkle: She manages, somehow she manages. Where we'd be sitting and feeling sorry for ourselves, she just goes about business as usual.
Alexa Joshua, MD: Greta's probably more personable and gregarious than I am. You know, she loves being around people. I don't think Greta ever met a stranger. She will come up to you and say, Hi, I'm Greta. What's your name? I don't do that readily.
Rosemary Sprinkle: The patients just love having her here. She knows people. She talks to them. I bring them into the examining rooms and she hears their voice and she calls out, Is that so and so? And, you know, she recognizes their voice and it just thrills people, you know. So I have a hard time getting them back to see a doctor because they always have to stop and talk to Greta first.
Alexa Joshua, MD: She speaks her mind a lot. So that's why I'm fortunate, because she's just being herself. She's not being someone else. She's not, you know, hiding behind a façade. What you see is what you get.
Xiaoping Huang, MD: She's so optimistic. Every time I see her, she's happy. There doesn't seem to be any down days for her. That's Greta.
Alexa Joshua, MD: We travel. We've been several places. We went to Costa Rica. We've been to Jamaica. Philadelphia several times. It's one of our favorite cities to go to. We visit friends in Texas.
Greta Joshua: I've been to New York, and I love New York. My sister always told me that it's a beautiful place. But you can't [Inaudible] until you've been there yourself, especially at Times Square at night. Ooh, I love that.
Xiaoping Huang, MD: The limiting factor for their frequent travel is Dr. Joshua herself and not Greta, because Joshua has a very busy practice, so she cannot just take off when she wants to.
Greta Joshua: I really believe in God. That's my number one goal right there. That's the reason I'm able to do so much because of God and that I did it on my own with the wisdom and knowledge of God.
Alexa Joshua, MD: One advice I would give is that don't hold anyone back and don't instill hopelessness. I would say that the greatest gift that you give someone is inspiration that they are able to surpass what we see physically as their limitations because the soul and the spirit inside of Greta is just tantamount to the power that she mustered to overcome her physical disability on a daily basis.
Xiaoping Huang, MD: The relationship between two sisters and the support that Dr. Alexa Joshua is able to provide for Greta, I think that it's very important for Greta and to be successful and to live her life to the fullest.
Alexa Joshua, MD: She supported me when I was going to school emotionally. I would come home and when I thought about complaining, I'd look at Greta and say, Well, I can't complain. She has to deal with, you know, cerebral palsy every day, and I'm complaining because I'm all night studying. She would look and say, Don't worry. You can get through it. Just keep going. So I think because I realized the difficulty she had and she realized the difficulty that I was having, that sort of solidified the bond that was already there.
Xiaoping Huang, MD: One time I made a comment that to Dr. Joshua. I said, Well, Greta is very lucky to have you. But Alexa said to me, Yeah. I'm lucky to have her too.
Alexa Joshua, MD: What came to mind was a photograph that we have that she's standing behind me against the fence and I'm standing in front of her. Now if you didn't know that, you would think that she was standing on her own. But actually, she was leaning on me and I was leaning back and so sort of supporting her. From that point on, that's the way our relationship has been. Supporting each other.
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