Let's kick PD's Ass!
Family & Friends -
As most of you know, my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease well over 10 years ago. As most are at the time, we were well undereducated. We knew nothing of Parkinson's other than that it was the "Michael J Fox Disease". We did not know of the full extent, severity or longevity of this disease. We knew nothing about the constant every day battle, the pain, the tremors, the sleepless nights, the loss of mobility and brain function. We didnt know there would be "good and bad days". We knew nothing about the heartbreak, the sadness, the tears or the fear of the unknown. At that time we knew nothing. We thought nothing. We took it day by day.
And over the course if these last years, my father continues to live as if nothing is wrong with him. He worked. He provided. He loved. And most importantly, he never lost his faith.
About 2 years ago his health started declining. The tremors progressed. The loss of mobility progressed. Simple daily tasks became a struggle. He became a fall risk......meals needed to be supervised....he needed assistance getting around. My mother went into full 24 hour caregiver mode. It has been a constant emotional battle. Through tears, fights, love and laughter we are all able to get through each day.
If you know my Dad, then you know how much of an amazing man he truly is. I always thought of him to be a Saint. That God has a seat in heaven right next to Him with my dad's name on it. My father worked hard to provide for his family; his 6 children, his grandchildren. His entire life was dedicated to taking care of us. He put others needs before his own. He didnt complain & he loved unconditionally. For a man that took so much pride into doing everything himself, this disease took an emotional toll on him. It's hard watching someone you love be dealt a hand that he doesnt deserve.
But we will continue to fight. My father continues to fight every day in hopes that one day there will be a cure! As my father says quite often "They are close to a cure, I pray that everyone with this horrible disease will no longer suffer. And in His Name, all will be healed."
So in my fathers honor, and for all those who have been dealt this hand in life that they do not deserve, my sister Katie and I will walk for hope; for a cure. We will walk to raise awareness. We will walk with our extended PD family. We will walk for those that can't.
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