I'm walking for someone I love
Dear Family and Friends,
As most of you know by now, over 10 years ago my Dad Gene, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. At the time he was diagnosed I was young and didn’t quite understand the how serve this disease was. In my eyes my Dad looked as healthy as he always did. It didn’t look as though anything about him had changed. Unfortunately, As time went on things did change. His tremors continued to spread from one part of his body to the other, everday tasks became more difficult for him and eventually simple things that he use to do, would be come impossible.
Although things were changing and the Parkinson’s was becoming more aggressive my Dad was still determined to enjoy his life. Just a few years ago he and my mom moved out of the city in hopes of enjoying their retirement. It was just last year that things had changed drastically for my family. My Dad woke up one morning and everything seemed to have changed. Just over night he jumped from one stage of Parkinson’s to another. There was no easing our ways into it. There was no “slowly getting worse.” It just happened, and it happened so fast.
There aren’t enough words or ways to describe what this past year has been like for my family, especially for my Mom or Dad. My Dad has had to give up so much of his himself to this awful disease. Everyday he is fighting the most heartbreaking fight against Parkinson’s. I could go on and on about what Parkinson’s has taken from my Dad and from my family.
I’ve spent so many nights praying that I’ll wake up the next day and there will be cure. I’ve prayed over and over again just for my Dad to have a good, pain free day. All of those little things that we have the ability and strength to do without realizing it, I pray my Dad is able to do. Every day is different and although the bad days normally our number the good days, my Dad still is blessed.
It’s in the moments of stillness and peace that my Dad gets from time to time, that I realize how much stronger is he than this disease. This disease can’t take the love that is constantly overflowing from his heart. It can’t take all the knowledge and wisdom he’s acquired from over the years. It can’t break his soul or shake his spirit. It can’t take his faith for God or love for his friends and family away.
This fight is far from over and that’s why I need the help from all of you. Please consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me. Every donation counts and is appreciated. Your gift will help fund reasearch for better treatment options for people like my Dad and families like mine. There is no cure for Parkinson’s but with your help someday there might be!! I am hopeful for the future.
”I will restore you to health and heal your wounds” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17
With love and gratitude,
*** A note to my Dad and Mom if they ever reads this
You are my hero, my rock and my strength. Whatever burdens, pain and struggles you carry on your shoulders, I carry them with me too. I will love, fight and take care of you until the end of time.
Thank you for taking care of Dad. You have been a great caregiver and I know it’s not always easy but you are appreciated in so many ways. We couldn’t do any of this without you.
- Love, Katie Joy