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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Robbed of Her Dignity


Do you ever hear loud vehicles on your street and look out the window to see what or who is making all the noise?  I do.  Call me nosey, but I prefer curious, thank you very much (grinning).  Yesterday there was a loud truck out front and I investigated.  Yikes - it was a big red fire engine and the occupants were headed straight for my friend's home!  I quick grabbed my keys, told the dogs I'd be right back and headed over to see what was happening.

My friend/neighbor has MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and sometimes falls when she tries to transfer to her bed or in the bathroom.  The paramedics come to help her get back in her motorized chair.  That was the case yesterday.  I kiddingly told her that some people will go to great lengths to get two hunks in their bedrooms!  She laughed, albeit weakly.


MS robs you of your dignity.  Nevermind that you are attempting to take care of a perfectly normal bodily function.  If MS wants to weaken your legs at that moment and send you sprawling, it will do just that!  And, 911 must be called to help you get back up.  It is humiliating, it is embarrassing, it is horrible ~ and sometimes you get hurt. 

These heroes in blue tell her not to be embarrassed, don't feel bad...it is part of their job.  It is what they do.  They are so caring and their words are soothing, but the humiliation of having a stranger clean you off, pick you up, and get you dressed does not go away easily.  It brings on fears of what the future holds.  It makes you feel like you can never thank them or your friends enough.  It reminds you of how cruel this disease can be. 

My friend is strong through it all, and I admire her so much.  Oh, sure, she has her moments, but they pass and we can laugh, act silly, and carry on like girlfriends do.

You can get to know my friend at her new blog site, and find out what a blessing she is to those of us fortunate enough to be called her friends.  She is a poet, a writer, a greyhound Mom, a Christian, and a gal with an attitude (at terrifically positive one!).  She is my friend, Pandy.  Visit her at Pandora ~ Out of the Box.  Tell her I sent you and follow her...I know from experience that you will be blessed by her writings!

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9 comments:

  1. Good morning, Grace! I am headed over to check out your friend's blog. My Uncle had MS and it was just horrible to watch (as a kid) this strong young man slowly lose his capabilities. He was the sweetest, kindest man I ever knew. I can remember seeing him with silent tears rolling down his face when he was not able to do something he had always done. He never married because he was stricken so young and my gramma took care of him until she was no longer able to do so. Blessings and prayers to your friend- xo Diana

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    1. Diana - Thank you so much for those touching words. I hate what is happening to her and I feel totally helpless. I want to hug her and make it go away! Her strong faith and her positive attitude are inspiring and I learn so much from her.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. Grace, I am one of the fortunate that has recently met Pandora. She truly is amazing how she manages in spite of the awful disease. Pandora is the kind of person it is easy to help....she has such a heart of gratitude and her smile is enough! I am so glad to get to know Pandora more as I follow her blog....it is a win-win for all of us. God places people in our life and I am so glad she is one of those people.
    xo Susan

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    1. Susan - Amen! Thank you for visiting and for following Pandy and I!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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  3. Oh, yes, MS is such a debilitating disease. I will pop on over and check out your friend's blog.

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    1. Lucy - It is an awful disease! Thanks for visiting her blog! I hope you enjoy both of us~
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. Will visit your friend's blog. She is lucky to have a friend like you. Thanks for sharing:)
    Tracie

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    1. Tracie - Thank you for stopping by both of our blogs. Pandy has many friends who are helping her in one way or another. None of us minds. She is a blessing to all of us.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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    2. Grace, I also visited Pandy's blog & joined it as well. She is a very blessed person & I know all those service guys/gals appreciate her very much. Thanks for letting us know about her. I do hope everyone will visit my blog & sign up as well. I need the support. Thanks again.
      Marje
      2retirednewmans (Just Another Day)

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