It seems that life runs in seasons. Ephesians 3:1-8 (KJV) says it this way:
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
We found these Bible verses to be very true in dealing with ALS. If you pay attention, there’s a time for everything. Sometimes you need to act quickly to take full advantage of the time offered to you. That’s certainly the way it is when it comes to discussing the important things with your patient, be it a spouse, child, parent, or other loved one.
Continue reading Walk a Crooked Path: Talk About the Hard Things
By Saundra Stewart
Not so long ago in a land not so far away lived a brave, strong man and his white-haired wife. They loved their little blue cottage on the hill. They loved playing with their grandchildren, going for long bicycle rides, and camping – especially camping!
One day, life was going along much as normal, when there came a knock on the door. When the brave, strong man went to answer, there on the porch stood a big, ugly, horrible wolf. On the front of his sweatshirt were the letters “ALS.” The man didn’t know what that meant, but he knew the creature was one of the ugliest things he had ever seen! Right behind the wolf were three bears. Big bears. Scary bears.
Continue reading Walk a Crooked Path: The Big Bad Wolf and the Three Bears
Today’s blog post is the first installment of a recurring monthly series from our good friend Saundra Stewart. When her husband, Don, was diagnosed with ALS, Saundra became his full-time caregiver for over 10 years. In her series, “Walk a Crooked Path”, Saundra shares her insights on ALS as a caregiver.
By Saundra Stewart
Ever heard of Lou Gehrig? I can remember my dad, an avid baseball fan, talking about Mr. Gehrig when I was just a kid. Because Dad liked him, I made it my business to like him, too. I read books, I watched movies, I educated myself — especially about the odd illness that Lou Gehrig came down with: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis — ALS. What a long name, and what a devastating disease.
Continue reading Walk a Crooked Path: The Irony of Life