"Bring it on God!"
These were Ian's last words before being rushed to emergency with bacterial meningitis on August 31, 2011.
Ten days earlier, on the morning of August 22nd, Ian arrived at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, NS to be admitted for surgery to remove a benign tumor behind his eyes. Ian was informed that although not a risk free procedure, after a few months of recovery, he would be able to return to his position teaching at the Nova Scotia Community College in January 2012,
With a smile on his face, faith in his heart, and chocolates in his hands (for the OR staff because, according to Ian, they never get thanked), Ian successfully underwent a full day of surgery and, after a brief hospital stay, anticipated a speedy recovery at home surrounded by his wife, Linda, and their four children - Trish, Becky, Michael and Izzy. However, things didn't go as planned.
On day 9 of Ian's recovery it became apparent that something was wrong. Within a matter of hours, his mental state deteriorated rapidly. Despite this, he prayed for his youngest daughter, took a deep breath and placed his life in God's care. Upon being readmitted to the hospital, Ian became largely unresponsive and continues to be so to this day. Although he does not present with the wonderful gregarious personality as he once did, even in his silence, his warm and welcoming spirit continues to be felt.
Throughout that first year of hospitalization, Linda steadfastly cared and advocated for Ian while balancing the demands of their family and home - physically, emotionally and financially. When it was determined that nothing further medically could be done, Linda chose to bring her husband home.
This is where we invite you to become part of their story. Linda and Ian's financial resources are limited and we want to give them the ability to be mortgage free, thereby relieving any concern they may have about losing their home.
Ian has always been the sole breadwinner. As a result, Linda has been sustaining their houshold with Ian's Canada Disability cheque, the generosity and kindness of friends and neighbours, and their credit line. Although Ian has a pension, due to legal reasons, and limitations on income level set by the government who are providing homecare support (an essential support), Linda is unable to access Ian's reduced pension amount.
The reality is, Linda has been managing the household on aproximately $1500 a month. That stretches to cover the mortgage ($900), insurance ($200), utilities ($500), ongoing medical supplies and recently paying for home based professional treatments not covered by medical insurance ($300), property taxes, gas and car expenses, and basic living expenses. That is a tough go by any means, and Linda and Ian have been pulling through, but even with people's generosity to date, this is unsustainable and the risk of losing their home is always on the horizon.
We would like to help Linda and Ian by relieving them of the burden of their mortgage, aproximately $80,000. Anything we can bless them with beyond that would be a complete bonus and would help offset any other unforeseen costs.
Personal Note:If you had ever met Linda and Ian Dempsey, even just for a moment, you would know their nature. Individually and as a couple, they are always giving of themselves, blessing others, and offering support and encouragement to many. This is an opportunity to bless and encourage Linda and Ian along this journey.
If you are interested in following their incredible story further, Linda has a website: lighthousewalk.com