Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Best quote, "some promises tear through the boundaries of ego and comfort." Such a selfless man.

I have found another story that I felt the need to share with you. It hit me on a personal level for sure. Du Yuanfa is an 84-year-old Chinese man who has stuck by his ailing wife for over five decades. It's been 56 years since he has been taking care of his paralysed wife and he has no intentions of stopping his unfaltering dedication towards the woman he loves. The Chinese man who has been taking care of his wife for 56 years People's Daily Online... Du Yuanfa lives with his wife in the village of Sunjiayo, in China's Shandong Province. An ex-coal miner, Yuanfa left his job to be at his wife's side after she became bed-ridden. It was in 1959 when Zhou, Yuanfa's wife was infected by an unknown disease that took away her ability to move. At the time she fell ill, she was a young girl of 20. Yuanfa and Zhou had been married only five months when tragedy struck. However, as love perseveres through all, Yuanfa did everything in his power to be at her side and became his Zhou's ultimate strength. He took her to several hospitals, determined to have her cured. However, all diagnoses reached the same inevitable conclusion - Zhou wouldn't be able to walk for life. Help poured in from all corners, with family and friends eager to help the couple financially. But Yuanfa refused and chose to care for his wife, all by himself. He told Zhou, "Don't worry. I will care for you forever." For 56 years, Yuanfa has been his wife's caretaker. Without any help, he does all household chores, cooks meals, makes her medicine, changes her bed pan and feeds her food. And he is still looking for a cure for Zhou. Anytime he hears of a herbal medicine, he rushes to the mountains to find the one thing that may make his wife get out of bed. He even tastes the medicine before feeding it to Zhou, in case it turns out to be lethal. Yuanfu and Zhou's moving tale of love has not gone unnoticed by friendly neighbours, who often bring them groceries and other necessities, and by charities who have the couple listed as their priority. Zhou may not be able to move her body, but she is clearly the luckiest woman alive. Because some promises tear through the boundaries of ego and comfort. Because some promises know no differences between people. We salute Yuanfu for his steadfast belief in his marriage and for his pure, unadulterated love for Zhou.

Monday, November 23, 2015

You may learn more about me from this list...

There are nine different types of muscular dystrophy (MD), a genetic disease characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of muscles in the body. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common form of the disease, and it primarily affects boys. Becker muscular dystophy is also common but far less severe than Duchenne. Some forms of MD appear in infancy or childhood, while others may not show up until middle age or later, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Please read the list below! You will get to know me better! Even the people and friends who already know me. With the exception of maybe 2 on the list, I know all of the others too well! While treatments have helped increase life expectancy for those with MD, no cure currently exists. Due to its various forms, there’s a lot of confusion around what MD is — and what life with it entails. So The Mighty teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to ask their Facebook community what they wished others knew about the disease. Here’s what they had to say: 1. “It is not MS!” —Melanie Carson 2. “It’s not just my legs that are affected; it’s my entire body.” —Leah Marie Spencer 3. “Muscular dystrophy has no effect on intelligence. Having a physical disability does not mean I am mentally lacking, and I should never be treated as such.” —Kelli Bosarge intel 4. “I can fight with it, but I can’t beat it.” —Bhupender Sharma 5. “Muscular dystrophy is not contagious.” —Tammy Gregory contagious 6. “It not only affects the person with it; it affects the family.” —Robert Avalle 7. “Don’t stare! Ask questions if you are curious.” —Kate Dharma dontstare 8. “It presents differently in every patient.” —Jamie Russell Peterson 9. “Working out isn’t going to make us build muscles and get strong again.” —Ria Spencer workingout 10. “I’m in a chair, but I can understand and hear you.” —Melanie Spall 11. “There’s no cure.” —Jacque Robertson 12. “It can creep into any family.” —Briana Stiner creep 13. “Everything is harder.” —Krystal Torri 14. “It took my son’s life.” —Susan Barlow tookson 15. “Because it isn’t a ‘popular’ disease, some forms especially, there isn’t nearly enough funding for research.” —Autumn Sullivan 16. “I’m not lazy. It’s a progressive disease. What I may have done last year with relative ease I may struggle with now.” —Aaron Robert Drawbridge lastyear 17. “I’m not concerned about what the community knows. It’s the medical community that’s clueless. We need a network of doctors dedicated to MD!” —Sonya Magoon 18. “Don’t roll your eyes when it takes me longer to pay, get my ID out at the airport or use the ATM. Don’t assume I am drunk when I fall down… I am doing my best to be independent and to maintain the strength I have, but it take me longer to do things.” —Christine Pidgeon Anderson drunk 19. “Not only is it physically disabling, but the emotional toll it’s taken on me is just as bad. I can no longer do the things I once did for myself and it’s very frustrating and depressing.” —Tracy Barhite 20. “Not everyone with muscular dystrophy [uses] a wheelchair. Some of us look completely healthy until we get to a staircase, have to pick up something beyond our energy level or walk a long distance.” —Tammy Lefkowitz 21. “It’s not the end of the world for some of us.” —Kristin Dutt end In addition to the many forms of muscular dystrophy, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is dedicated to finding treatments and cures for more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that cause progressive muscle weakness, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). For more information, be sure to visit the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s website and Facebook page. *Some responses have been edited and shortened for brevity Share on Facebook We face disabilities and diseases together. Join us on The Mighty. Sign up for our newsletter and join our social networks. SUBSCRIBE Email Address Read more: http://themighty.com/2015/11/21-truths-people-with-muscular-dystrophy-wish-others-understood/#ixzz3sM6thsfz

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Paralyzed with JOY!: What Kept Me Afloat

Paralyzed with JOY!: What Kept Me Afloat: Tomorrow is the  12 th  anniversary of my accident. 12 years is a long time and it's hard to believe it's been that long.

Please read this story. I have been following Heather for several years now and she is simply the best!

Her story is especially appropriate to share since Thanksgiving is upon us next week. If we have health, happiness, good friends and family, we have it all! Peace and Happy Thanksgiving!