May 11, 2008 at 11:48 pm

That was so beautiful, thanks for sharing with us. Having had a very severe case of CIDP myself, I could really identify with what your mother went through. How hard I fought, how I let them try any treatments on me, over & over again, when to be truthful I did not care whether I made it or not, I felt that sick & the pain was unbearable. I do not know your mother’s age, but I was only 48 at the time, just not ready to give up. I knew my husband & 3 children were not ready either, so every day at Mayo I let the transport team take me for more procedures, more tests, more infusions.

Even six years later, though I can walk (with AFOs & a cane), though I have much of the use of my hands back & have been making & serving every Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthday dinners, etc. for this entire family again, they will never know how exhausted I am, they could never begin to understand this kind of fatigue. My heart goes out to your mother, I can understand her fight, & know how much she wishes she could be with you today, no matter how much pain & fatigue.
Blessings, Pam


June 22, 2007 at 11:59 pm

[CENTER][COLOR=red][B][U]Charleston 9[/U][/B][/COLOR]
[COLOR=red]Brothers, although I didn’t know you I am sad that you are gone
You’ve been transferred to Heaven’s firehouse, shift begins at dawn
After today I will no longer be sad that have past away
I know that Heaven will be safer now that you are there to stay
You’re friends and family will remember you the way you were
Some of Charleston South Carolina’s bravest that’s for sure
I hope I get to meet you when my time has come
We can swap stories, and I can tell about where I come from[/COLOR]
[COLOR=red]Rest in peace my firefighter brothers[/COLOR]
[COLOR=red]Dave Shafto
Captain Emeritus Sea Girt Fire Company #1, Sea Girt, NJ
Firefighter (disabled) North Spartanburg Fire Department, Spartanburg, SC