Damn the torpedoes….

On August 5, 1864, a Union fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David Farragut, attacked a smaller Confederate fleet and the three forts that guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay. During the battle Farragut climbed the mast to get a better view of the battle because to all the smoke from the ships burning. All went well until the monitor USS Tecumseh struck a mine and sank with great loss of life. The other Union warships started to hesitate and pull back. At this point, Farragut, who was tied to the mast of the steam-powered frigate Hartford, seized the moment and yelled: “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”

Inspired by Farragut, the Union flotilla passed through the minefield, entered Mobile Bay and after a brief battle Mobile was captured.

Well do you know what day it is? No it is not hump day. It’s SHOT DAY!

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Today marks a new level of allergy serum and more hope that we are closer to a cure. Last Wednesday I met with my allergy Doctor and we both agreed that we are only 10 weeks away from the full strength serum, that this is not the time to give up. I’m not sure if this will be the cure, but if I do not see it through how will I know.

How close are you to a breakthrough? If you give up now you may never know.

So, Damn the torpedoes full speed ahead.


Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.

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