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'Spirit unaffected' -- teacher Jason Picetti offers lessons in courage and determination

Original post made on Mar 31, 2009

Is it possible to sum up a life in six words? Jason Picetti, a man who embraces challenge, recently decided to try.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 12:00 AM

Comments (32)

Posted by Uncle Bob, a resident of La Entrada School
on Mar 31, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Some times I get depeesed in my life and now I think I got nothing to be deprested about. love ya Jason YOU ROCK..!!


Posted by Bonham, a resident of La Entrada School
on Mar 31, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Go Mr. P!! Keep fighting!


Posted by steve&jan lorenzini, a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2009 at 11:00 pm

jason all that say is keep fighting.ill keep you in our prayers.steve lorenzini


Posted by Sasha Isabel Archer, a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2009 at 9:38 am

hey Mister! amazing article.....always thinking of you.....Happy belated to you and Miss EZP!! hope to see you soon!!! xoxo


Posted by Erin, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

Mr. Picetti is and always will be an inspiration to everyone. He worked just as hard as any other person to make sure we finished the year with passing grades. He did not succumb to his illness and was constantly in room 36 whenever we needed help on a topic or just wanted to sit there and talk. From taking notes on the smart board to watching Freaks and Geeks Mr. P made an effort to make sure everyone felt welcomed in his classroom.


Posted by Naheed, a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Jason it was so wonderful to see you all the other day. The article is absolutely beautiful, I have learnt a lot through your and Fehmeen's courage to face life changing challenges head on. My prayers are always with you all.
Lots and lots of love,
Naheed Mumani


Posted by Taylor, a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm

I'll never forget what a gas it was to have class with Mr. P. I've had very few math teachers afterwards come even close to Mr. P's style and sense of humor.

Both him and his family are in my praters.


Posted by Myrna Hayes, a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2009 at 1:09 am

Hi Mr P. and Family,
Federal Medicare will completely cover medical costs for a person with ALS of any age. This specific ALS coverage is a little known part of the "2000 Millennium Bill" enacted by congress in 1999. We had a long and difficult battle with Medicare/SSA in 2001 because many employees did not yet know of the legislation; however, by now hopefully Medicare/SSA employees have been updated. We eventually contacted our district's House of Representative member and were quickly processed, reimbursed for all prior costs as well as all future medical relating to ALS.
I wish you the absolute best life has to offer. Myrna Hayes


Posted by Adrian Dilley, a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Jason-
So great to see you and your beautiful daughter at your birthday parties. Amazing article...the story touches our hearts, and so does your outlook. Keep fighting.

-The Dilley's (Adrian, Claudia, and Connor)


Posted by maheen khan, a resident of La Entrada School
on Apr 8, 2009 at 11:43 am

Hi Jason,
You are such an asset to our family and a great loving Husband to my daughter. Never give up there is always Hope and Miracle. You are always in my Prayers and there has never been a moment of regret that you came to our family. You and Fehmeen has given us a Beautiful Grandchild EMMA.
We Love you Tremendously.


Posted by Adam Hitchcock, a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2009 at 11:30 am

Jason,

I admire your great courage and strength in facing this disease head on. You are an inspiration to all of us! The Hitchcock family will always be there for you and your family.

-Adam Hitchcock


Posted by Katie Coyne, a resident of La Entrada School
on Apr 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Mr. P,

I MISS YOU!!!! so much!!! Math just isnt nearly as fun anymore!!! I keep my compass with me everyday to remind me that life is an open book waiting to be filled with my dreams and achivements, thats something you taught me!!!!!!

I cant wait to visit you soon!!!!

Love to you and your Family


Posted by Patrick, a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Great article... Mr. P is an inspiration to many, including other ALS patients, like me. Thank you.


Posted by peter, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm

u rock


Posted by Steffan, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm

great article mr. picetti!! i love reading your articles and thoughts. Hope that the acupuncture is going well. :)

-Steffan Salas


Posted by Julian Salas, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm

you are an amazing person. i wish i could have the one and only opportunity to be your student. you were a great singer in your band with Mr. Dumbra :)


Posted by Niall Patrick, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Ive never had Mr Picetti but i have Mrs. Picetti This year in 8th grade MR P is very inspiring. I consider him a HERO!!!!!!!!!. And a good role model. As well as a strong person. Which is what a hero needs.


Posted by Lindsay, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Mr. P you are amazing and are so strong! Keep it up, you are a great man! You rock Mr. P I wish i could have had you but i heard great stories from my brother Alex.
Best Wishes,
Lindsay Lattin


Posted by Mustafa, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 27, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Mr.picetti you changed my life entirely. you are the biggest inspiration in a persons life why could this ever happen to you


Posted by Thomas, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 8:55 pm

You are such an inspiration to me because you show me that mhatever the issue. You can always find good thingsto enjoy in life. Thank you for all your wonderful teaching at LE for all those years. Keep fighting!


Posted by George, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Mr. P..................You are ABSOLUTELY one of my "Out of the Ordinary" heroes. I love your blog...Stay strong and keep fighting!


Posted by Jill Galbraith, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Geez, Mr. P... I know how cheesy this will sound, but just the tales of your life and how you've dealt with these lemons that life has chucked at you... It really just brings a tear to my eye.

A tear of hope.


Posted by adam cook, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm

hey Mr. P this is dylan cook's younger brother you might remember dylan from your classes he told me very good things about you, I was really looking forward to your class:/ well anyway I wish you the best luck!


Posted by Laiseni, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 10:41 pm

We lala love you Mister Picietti. Juss prayyin for thee best.there for you. Thank you for all that you hve done for us. you've taught us so much.nd i noe that you'll find a wayy to get through it. dnt worry.WE will always b. there for you. Through thickk nd thinn. Its all gud. 0kayy then. i'll c ya at skul Mr. P. God bless.


Posted by Laiseni, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Its meeh again/: you will always b. in our prayyers.
i noe you'll get through it. You are protected.
You are loved. You will be blessed.
Juss wanted to show sum lovein on this page.
God bless. much love. xoxo


Posted by Carson, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 27, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Hey Mr. P!
I wish i could of had you as a teacher but my brother Cameron has told me great things! You and Mrs. P mean so much to me and my family. You two are the best!
Love,

The Kelleys


Posted by Hana Jenks, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Mr.P!!!! youre utterly amazing...this story, wow. this is the 4th time ive read it and it still makes my see what little joys in life bring each person individually. we love you and pray for you!
The Jenks Family!


Posted by Julia Rafael, a resident of La Entrada School
on Dec 6, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Mr. P I remenber that year that you taught me in summer school, and after that I understood math much better. I wish that i and all the 09 graduates could have been your students. Also all of the LE community will be there to support u when you need help and so will Mrs.P and the most adorable Emma... We miss having at LE!!!!
-Julia


Posted by blank, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm

we love ya Mr. P


Posted by A student admirer, a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Aug 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Mr. P, i have your wife as a english teacher. tell her she's awesome. wish you'd get better


Posted by Amanda, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Wow... I as so impressed by your positive attitude you've maintained throughout your entire ordeal. I can't tell you how much your courage means to me. You are my HERO!!!!! Keep going Mr. P we all love you, Mrs. Pecetti, and Emma!!! <3 Thank you guys for everything


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of La Entrada School
on Aug 25, 2010 at 5:42 pm

We love u Mr. P!!!


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