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I am a stay at home Mom from Oregon who has landed in Texas.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Yes, there is a reason I haven't posted lately. It's because I knew I couldn't post the "fun" stuff until I posted the crappy stuff.

Friday night Keith got a call that was a devastating blow to our family. Keith's Dad, Wayne, has been diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, specifically bulbar onset (which means it affects his speech first).

Life expectancy with this disease is short, there is no cure, but of course we are praying for a slow progression. I don't really know what to say, I knew I needed to let everyone know. And I won't lie, it has been hard. Sadness for us comes in waves. The treatment is expensive, the medication is expensive, the heartache is expensive.


Bickmommy said...

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that. I know that we haven't known each other very long, but, please, let me know what I can do to help you and your family.

Julie said...

I'm sorry to hear that, you have my deepest sympathies.

Lori said...

Y'all* (inclusive of the whole of the family) have not been far from our thoughts since we heard.
*From that Trivial Pursuit game we played years ago, I think the correct term is "all y'all."

Missy said...

My dad had Multiple Sclerosis, an extremely debilitating disease, from the time I was 8. I know what it's like to have a parent go through something like that and it's definitely not easy. I was young and probably took the time we had for granted. So don't do what I did and take time for granted and just be supportive!

Here's a link to a photographer I follow whose dad was also recently diagnosed with ALS:

Amelia Lyon

Anonymous said...

Keith, your momma called me yesterday and gave me the sad news. I'm so sorry. I do have a lot of good childhood memories of your Daddy. Do you realize I met him when I was 7? I always thought it was very nice that he would not get upset when us girls would come & stay for weeks on end during the summer. I love you.
Love, Aunt Lisa (shannon, thank you for being a good wife to Keith & a good mother too.)

Anonymous said...

Keith, sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts are with your whole family. Love Aunt Ruth

Mrs. L said...

You guys are in my thoughts. Hugs to all of you.

Jenny said...

Oh, Shannon, I'm so sorry. My heart is hurting for you and Keith. Please keep up posted.

Anonymous said...

Hope your doing OK. Are you surviving the heat?

Bittles said...

I am so sorry, what hard news, we will keep you guys in our prayers.