Posted on August 3, 2016
This is an open letter from My wife Jennifer. I love this woman very much and want to spend many more Good years with her. And she writes.
MS is a family disease. My husband is the one who experiences the symptoms, but our daughters and myself also are greatly effected. Day to day, minute to minute, things can change without notice. The girls grew up wondering if daddy was going to be able to join us at the park, or having to wait or reschedule things they wanted to do because daddy didn't feel good. They spent a lot of time in hospitals and dealing with things no little child should. I was left to comfort and pick up the pieces, as well as play both roles on many occasions while also balancing a job, cleaning and cooking, and taking care of my sick husband, visiting doctors and hospitals. Jobs suffered, friendships suffered, family suffered, our marriage suffered.
MS attacks the central nervous system. It impairs speech, thought, mobility. It causes nerve pain, dizziness, nausea, confusion, fatigue. These are daily; during a "flair up" these symptoms progress rapidly. Numbness, confusion, inability to control motor function, slurred speech. David's symptoms often look and present similar to those of a stroke. Often times it can take weeks or months for him to return mostly to normal, however the MS always takes something from him each time.
Now he has a chance to get some control over an uncontrollable disease/situation. This procedure will not be easy. He will spend 3 months in a hospital, with a great deal of time in isolation. His immune system will be completely wiped away and he will be at great risk. He'll be sick and miserable, but in the end David is looking for some relief. He's hoping for a halt to the progression of disease and hopefully some reversal of symptoms. He wants a normal life, one that would allow him to work a real job again.
We appreciate everyone who donates or has already. If you are unable, we understand, could you instead help by sharing. David's goal is to get healthy so our grandchildren don't have to experience the same childhood our daughters did. He'd also like to be able to walk his girls down the aisle and dance with them when they get married. Thank you all!