Monday, June 14, 2010

Another teardrop on the face of MS

Reporters report stories. A new morning brings a new newspaper. We all hear or see, but some of us pause when a new teardrop falls on the face of MS.

Susan Drummer, 44, lived with Multiple Sclerosis. Her parents, Kenneth and Arlene Umbenhaur, remodeled to accommodate her wheelchair when she moved back home into the house she grew up in.

Until a house fire trapped her home alone this weekend and neither neighbors nor responding firefighters could save Susan.

Who, what, when, where, why, how? Does it really matter?  Perhaps Leslie Richardson of the Republican-Herald captures it best, “Umbenhaur sat on a picnic table in a neighbor's yard as family and friends comforted him and his wife, Arlene.”

Living 70 miles to the Southwest of this tragic accident, we do not personally know this family, then again anyone and everyone living with Multiple Sclerosis shares in some way the challenges, fears, hopes, and loss.

Remember life ... life gives us memories too beautiful to forget.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
musings: patrick ponders 


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