Monday, March 05, 2007

Wordless Wednesday-- (on a monday!)

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My dad and my niece about two months before he died...

This post is going to be up for the next week. This week is MS Awareness week. And it's made me remember that I've signed up to do the MS Walk. I haven't been able to fundraise with the addition of a newborn to our family. I know I won't make my $1,000 goal, but I can at least make as much of an effort as possible, right? Thank you to the two people who have donated thus far, it really means a lot to me.

Anyway, MS is devastating to any and everyone with it. My dad will have been gone two years in April and it's still hard for me to even remember his life because he was in pain for all the years that we were alive together. I miss him and I remember him losing all his abilities, his sight, being able to eat, use the bathroom on his own... shower on his own. I remember him screaming at night. I remember him asking me to try to move his leg and then screaming from the pain of it but he still needed it to be moved. I remember him having to watch TV through a mirror because he needed to be turned the other way. I remember him being drugged to the point where he had to be woken up to get his daily blended meals. I remember him being lonely but having no new stories to tell so he'd tell the same ones over and over again to anyone who would listen.

MS hurts... I recently found out a good family friend may have it. So I'm walking again, hoping somehow, some way other children don't have to see their parents suffer.

If you'd like to donate/help here's the link:

MS Walk

Don't feel obligated.... comments are just as nice. Thanks for looking!


Daddy Forever said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. My mom has been battling dementia. She doesn't have physical pain like your dad, but she does have mental problems and struggle with doing simple things like eating or putting on her shoes.

Holly Schwendiman said...

I've been trying so hard to catch up this week. Your last two articles have been so touching and I've wanted to comment for a few days now! Life is fragile but our spirits are strong. I applaud you for honoring your dad's memory by continuing your efforts to find relief for MS!


Tonia said...

It really makes you treasure the moments with your kids. I know it has made me a lot more nervous about my kids growing up without one of their parents. I know it is hard to believe but eventually the pain does lessen. It has been almost 15 years for me and there are many days that I don't think about it. Good luck with the walk!

amy said...

lovely picture. thanks for your does affect the whole family and we need to do something about it


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