A wife of noble character who can find?

One of the “givens” with ALS is an increasing need for assistance from care givers, and with that comes also the gradual loss of self-reliance. When I was first diagnosed with ALS I said to the doctor, “I know its difficult for you to break the news to patients, but please know that with me …

Yes, I am more valuable than they.

Today is Sunday, January 22nd. At noon the temperature is 81○ and I can see new shoots of fern emerging along the river bank. The grass is greening up, and springtime is knocking on the door. We've had no freezing temperatures this year, so the azaleas and impatiens remain in bloom and the angel trumpet trees spread around our …

I’m a wild mustang if left to myself

Yesterday (January 4th) marked three years since I was diagnosed with ALS. However, I had definite symptoms one year prior--slurred speech, drooping head, fatigue. So, I'm actually entering Year #5. With this post I invite you to listen in as I talk to myself. I'm like a wild mustang if left to myself--kicking and bucking, breaking every harness, resisting …

Allowing ALS to sharpen my focus

In seminary I did a semester internship as a student chaplain in an urban hospital. I was assigned to the cancer ward where I sought to minister primarily to terminally ill patients and their families. As part  of my training I read the classic work on death and dying by the late Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, …