On September 7, 2015, my ALS diagnosis celebrated its 21st birthday. It was a very paltry affair with no refreshments, presents or guests. Reaching one’s 21st birthday is usually a major milestone and big celebration, but ALS diagnosis isn’t your usual celebrant. I’m sure it was...
Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:15,
August heat has been brutal, as usual, but I am so thankful for air conditioning! Whew! Without it, I would be a cranky mess. I’m enough of a mess as it is!
Despite the heat, we do get out now and then.
Last Saturday’s ALS support group meeting at MDA found me, once...
Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 10:27,
My new book titled Align, Lengthen & Strengthen Your Resilience While Living with ALS is now published and available as a FREE download from my blog site.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ALS, or are facing any other kind of life-threatening illness — I...
Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 10:09,
We try to make the most of the little things. When it became pretty clear I had developed an ingrown toenail (Eewwwww!) Alan scheduled a visit to the podiatrist I saw a couple years ago for the same problem. I really like this doctor because he’s so easy-going and funny. While we waited for the...
Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 14:22,
See the article on mda.org: http://www.mda.org/media/press-releases/mda-unites-als-community-als-ice...
Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 14:48,
Things are a bit difficult this morning. Katherine and I had one of our very rare differences of opinion last night. As with most of these things, it was a simple event that clouded a much more serious issue.
She wanted to put skin creme and powder on my feet and other...
Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 15:20,
So, sometimes I am NOT okay.
And these down times often coincide with Tobii difficulties.
Or communication problems in general.
And lack of energy plays a part.
Despite sleeping well at night (with help from meds) I sometimes feel so very tired.
ALS? Depression? Both?...
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 - 04:41,
I noticed early this morning just before sunrise, when I often have the deepest and darkest thoughts, that my priorities of day-to-day living have changed.
Eight years ago, just after ALS entered my life, I focused on doing as much as possible … work, play, family. I was in a...
Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 - 13:51,
A few weeks ago the editor of the MDA/ALS Online Magazine asked me if I would be willing to write a blog entry that would tie in with ALS Awareness Month in the USA, the month of May. I said yes, and then was asked to answer this question.
Complete this sentence: If I had...
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 05:00,
Now and then, when I’m in a fanciful mood, I like to think about what I would do if God suddenly gave me the cure. And I’m talking the “Get up and walk, breathe and eat” cure, which would be a piece o’ cake for God. What would I do first? That’s easy! I would hug and kiss my husband and son. Then...
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 05:00,
Hooray, hooray! It's the first of May. Outside screwing starts today!
I learned that rude bit of doggerel from my favourite aunt, many years ago when both of us were much younger. While the verse may be a bit naughty, the sentiment is on the mark. For most of us in Canada,...
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:00,
In June, I will turn 66 and still have so much to learn. My latest lesson? I must learn the art of letting go! This is hard. And for a person with ALS, letting go means so many different things.
Joan Sucher and her husband
For most of my life, I believed if I took care of my body, my body...
Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 05:00,
Let me share with you why there is hope in front of me. After being diagnosed with ALS in November 2012, yes, I do believe there is hope.
Hope although the day may soon come when I can no longer use my legs.
Hope although I may become paralyzed and totally dependent on...
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 05:00,
A while back, I was asked by the Muscular Dystrophy Association if I would be interested in participating in their campaign for ALS Awareness Month (May.) I was honored to be asked, and somewhat overwhelmed by all the attention. After all, it was just a few months ago that I was interviewed via...
Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 04:04,
Throughout 2014, everyone from celebrities to school children to MDA’s own CEO could be seen dumping ice water over their heads to raise awareness and dollars to fight ALS. It was a phenomenon that shined an urgently-needed spotlight on a disease that steals everyday freedoms and abilities like...
Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:33,
My neurologist has me scheduled for a blood test at three month intervals. Over the past four years, that computes to a total of 16 visits that I've made to our local lab collection site — with the last three visits being rather pleasant experiences. How so?
Because, the last...
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 - 10:51,
It always happens. I had a terrific day yesterday, exhausting and long, but exciting and filled with adventure. Now, today, I am having the downside bounce, struggling with clothing, intimate bodily functions failing me at critical moments, pain in my arms and hands. It's all of a piece, this...
Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:13,
Writing this blog has blessed me in ways I could never have imagined when I began. The connections made with other writers around the world, for example. With one exception, I have never met any of these folks in person, but I feel like I know them. They are friends in a very unique sense....
Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 16:18,
Emotional exhaustion, irritability, insomnia, guilt, resentment, depression, anger, loneliness — certainly a long list of negative feelings — all symptoms attributed to caregiver burnout.
With family caregivers providing nearly 80 percent of non-paid home care services, it’s no...
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:59,
2 … 0 … 1 … 5 … 2015 … 2015 … 2015 … What is that strange looking number? It’s a number, a year, I never thought I would see. On the day of my diagnosis I had no intention of going on the ventilator and thought I would be lucky to see 1997. Of course, all of that changed when I discovered...
Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 13:32,
I'm quickly getting used to the constancy of having Katherine in my life. She is happily sitting next to me, enjoying some more of the Greek salad we prepared together for our dinner last night. We just got my laundry going. Next we will spend a couple of hours just enjoying each other's company,...
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:16,
We have now met the whole hospice team assigned to us. They are awesome. Every single one. God has gifted some amazing individuals with talents that far exceed their job titles. Working with terminally ill patients and their families might sound like a depressing occupation but everyone is upbeat,...
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:55,
Have you ever heard of work-arounds? I’ll bet you’ve seen them, and even used them yourself!
A work-around is a temporary solution or adaptation to help solve a problem. Examples are: when you spot red duct tape over a broken tail light or someone puts a safety pin in the...
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:00,
A woman has come into my life. I thought that this part of my life was over, that something like this could never happen to me. I thought that no woman would ever want me in my damaged, terminal state. Yet here she is, fully aware of what is happening to my body, what is happening to my life. I am...
Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 16:12,
I am up early this morning, at least early for me, in order to take a friend to a doctor's appointment. She slipped on the ice the other day and broke her wrist. The cast makes it almost impossible for her to drive, and certainly dangerous. So I volunteered to be the driver this morning. I have to...
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 05:00,