Providing an open wings span of kindness to everyone, To Be loved
Encouraging individuals, families, and friends to understand a DISABLING DIAGNOSIS or INJURY isn't the end of happiness, love, and achievement. The most significant impact on my life occurred twice. Once when my firstborn child, my daughter, came into my life. And secondly, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her adult years, and I learned of my innate capability to be her Care Provider. The dependent life she came to know prepped me for the most extraordinary task I could ever imagine would come to me. I found a more profound awareness of caring abilities and compassion within myself, I can only attribute To Be Loved.
Every Story Starts with Someone...
RoseMarie C. Johnson (Christine), an adorable woman unknown to my heart before the wonderful and significant day we chanced to meet, …loved extending extra effort to bring comfort when she saw essentials were unavailable or inaccessible for disabled individuals.
A good wife is heaven's last, best gift to man. His gem of many virtues, his casket of jewels; her voice is sweet music, her smile his brightest day, her kiss the guardian of his innocence, her arms the pale of his safety, her industry his surest wealth, her economy his safest steward, her lips his faithful counselor, her bosom the softest pillow of his cares.
Author: Jeremy Taylor
From the moment of her birth, my beautiful daughter Damara Danyeal Sterling (Tamara) has always been dear and precious to me. It was a time of desperation and feverishly driven effort when I sought assistance to learn how to best care for my daughter.
Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives, there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters, there is something which there are no words to express.
Author: Joseph Addison
Read A Few Sections from " To Be Loved: An MS Story"
THE PATH TO THE SIGNIFICANCE OF
TO BE LOVED
I was raised firmly and spiritually.
My father, a devout Pastor, read the bible though struggled to read anything else.
My mother prayed daily; nevertheless, remained burdened with overwhelming concerns.
As a child, I had no clue about the many challenges parents had while raising their children.
Being the middle manchild of six, and one sister I learned of being depended upon.
Graduating from high school, and attending one year of college before conversion to adulthood as a soldier in the United States military became a preface to an unknown phase of living,
The greatest and most significant impact on my life occurred twofold.
First, the birth of my daughter. Happiness I never imagined occurred in my life on the day my first child was born.
Secondly, early in my daughter’s adulthood, diagnoses occurred with Multiple Sclerosis. Though feeling deeply saddened, my love for my child outweighed the awakening, and discovered an inborn ability to be a “Care Giver”.
Damara’s life of dependency rested upon my loving care as her devoted father.
Preparation for an unexpected mission, I would never imagine in my life. Nonetheless, my affection for my child and God’s grace helped me find a sincere awareness and compassionate capabilities.
I can only attribute it To Be Loved.
Life & More
Wanting to ease their minds on the current situation, Trebor knew it would not be easy. However, he presented a positive attitude to assure his children that he would soon find a way to them comfortably into another place. Shutting the door behind him, he quickly walked away with tears running down his face.
Questioning, how could this happen? Tamara and his grandson Cervando are without a home, waiting outdoors on a curb for Trebor’s arrival. Seeing them with bags and luggage deeply broke his heart. Tamara’s mother, Odessa, is unable to be a caregiver, let alone able to care. Heartbreakingly, he helped his daughter first to her feet. Her concentration made her walk slowly and carefully. It was very noticeable that Tamara had trouble walking. She had MS, which can cause muscle weakness and spasms, balance problems, numb feet, and fatigue, all of which can make walking difficult.
Then Trebor remembered when his mother sat all her children down together to tell of storms in life that are sure to come and instructed them to anchor and wait…