Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving snow

With snow falling overnight, Thanksgiving 2005 should be magical! ... Yet Thanksgiving morning is forever a bittersweet and complicated memory for me.


Time capsule - THANKSGIVING 1989 ...


Horror waited for us Thanksgiving morning.  Patti awoke unable to see, walk, or even talk. In the blink of an eye life changed. Patti was hospitalized and reeling with her first major MS exacerbation.


Patti had previously been diagnosed as "probable" MS. Her symptoms had been only a brief period of some numbness in her fingers and slurred speech. That was 4 years before (1985). She was FINE. We were both working, had a beautiful 18 month old daughter, owned a vintage 1904 home, two cars, two cats, life was wonderful. We had so much to be thankful for. It was to be a perfect Thanksgiving. ... MS had different plans.


... and a long, strange journey began.


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  1. Patrick,

    I wish you a peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving.

    Happy Thanksgiving, my friend,


  2. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! We got a blizzard that started last night and will continue through tomorrow, in the UP.

  3. Hi! I`ve just seen your journal linked at Christina`s Mom`s blog. I hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. Patrick...

    I sat and cried and cried when I read this.

    I was unable yesterday to even respond with words of my own, unusual for me.  But know that when we went around the table and I said I was thankful that God didn't take me eight years ago on 11-25-97, I was also thinking of my Patrick and his wife Patti...and how much I love them.

    God bless you.

    (You were my private Thanksgiving day cry by the way.)

  5. Hugs and prayers for you and your loved ones,



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