Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Little Bit Sad

For a year or two, my family has noticed some striking differences in my aunt.  Mostly in her speech.  When family pushed her to see a doctor, she was told it was sinuses.  When family was dissatisfied because sinuses was the most insane answer ever, she finally went to another doctor.  Who did extensive testing.  Several weeks ago we found out that my aunt had a suspected case of ALS.  And I found out a few days ago that it is in fact confirmed. 

You know, my family is not the picture of perfect health.  Just like every other family in the world.  We have several genetic issues (dwarfism, deaf, blind), heart issues and of course, cancer.  But I never imagined such a cruel health issue would pop up in my sweet little family.

I honestly knew very little about ALS, or as it is more commonly called, Lou Gehrig's Disease until now.  And still don't know a ton.  But it's scary and daunting.  There is very little hope for a cure.  It's more about management and even that is pretty minimal. 

There's no real point to this post other than to share why I'm feeling a wee bit frowny face this week.  My aunt who has so much energy and is so incredibly social and full of life and loves on her two grandbabies several times each week, has this terrible monster chasing her down.  I guess it makes the entire family feel rather vulnerable.  You never know what is just around that next corner in life.

13 comments:

Emily said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. You and your family will be in my prayers. :]

Susan R said...

I'm sorry to hear the bad news. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled said...

So very sorry to hear about your Aunt! Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers!

Love and Hugs,
Mrs. Kindergarten

Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled said...

So very sorry to hear about your Aunt! Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers!

Love and Hugs,
Mrs. Kindergarten

Tammy B said...

Sending prayers and hugs your way.

Jo said...

This is such difficult news. My grandmother had ALS and it took it's toll on our entire family. I'll keep you (and your family) in my thoughts and prayers.

Jo

Torch Lake Prep said...

sorry to hear of this news....read Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie" it may help.

MCW said...

I am sorry...that is very scary. Mr. NH's father has ALS. Scary, but he seems to be going well.

Lindsay said...

I'm really sorry to hear about your aunt. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. My father in law has a very rare form of ALS called PLS, which is not fatal, but he has to deal with many of the same symptoms. I'll be praying for your Aunt and your family as y'all face this.

BroncoMom said...

You and your sweet Aunt are in my thoughts and prayers. Bless you both!

A View from the Sidelines said...

I stumbled upon your blog tonight. Ironically, I lost my mother-in-law to ALS and have a brother-in-law battling the disease now. I work for an ALS organziation in Baltimore. It's a terrible disease. I would be happy to share some information with you...

Europafox said...

I am so sorry to hear about this - you are in my thoughts and prayers!

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