Sunday, July 14, 2013

the straw that stirs the drink

Living with Multiple Sclerosis as a family I used to feel was a parallel universe … and frankly it still is but when changes in other family members occur it becomes more like a benevolent maelstrom … swirling together Patti’s MS, my lung cancer DX, and the death of Patti’s father.

Through Patti’s eyes (MS dementia and cognitive impairments) I have no lung cancer, her Dad’s in heaven and an afternoon of family fun is just that … fun and laughter. She is practically the straw that stirs the drink.

Empowered by our daughter boldly facing the unimaginable herself … listening to their banter driving … I sit in awe.

Patrick Leer
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  1. I'm impressed that Marilyn Monroe joined the group today! She is looking good as always! (I have always thought she was perfect in so many ways!)


    1. and I heard she was just a candle in the wind :) she certainly was light and easy to carry around, then again not many people except me would rearrange a museum for a photo :)

  2. Patrick,
    Kudos to your daughter for stepping in when/where needed. She has obviously learned well from one of the Jedi-masters of caregiving.
    SteveS HPHS '68

    1. thanks Steve for the compliment and smile who would have thought back in '68 how lives play out


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