Sunday, June 5, 2016

I am

     I spent the entire month of May advocating for individuals with ALS. I went to DC to raise awareness of the disease and plead with politicians to support initiatives that can potentially save the lives of thousands of people. I raised awareness through social media with articles, facts, personal stories, multiple Facebook shares, some funny and some sad. I appeared on the news to talk about walking away from teaching due to ALS and hopefully snagged some community support. I packed up my classroom for the last time and "retired" all because of ALS.
     I know I made an impact during the month of May. I had a lot of fun, met wonderful people, and strengthened relationships. But I also feel like I lost myself a bit in the fight, the excitement, the cause. I feel like I became ALS. I am not ALS. I am a force to be reckoned with. I am a friend. I am a White Sox fan. I am a beer drinker.  I am sarcastic. I am a husband. I am an uncle. I am diverse, joking, confident, good, emotional, arrogant, judgmental, a sinner. I am also saved.
     I received many prayers for relief from this disease in recent weeks. Many condolences, many tears, I received many forsaken looks and pats on the back.  Do I wish I had my abilities back? Of course I do. Do I hate the suffering ALS brings on families? Damn straight. Do I want a cure for ALS? More than anything. However, this disease did reel me in from the abyss. I was living an enjoyable life, one full of friends, family, a career, I had the stability we all seek, but I was missing substance. This disease made me find myself and redefine the man that I am supposed to be and why I am still here. Though the hardships are obvious and tremendous, they are temporary. Thanks to my rekindled relationship with God I am living for the eternal life. I am here to be an example of love and Grace. I am His.      

7 comments:

  1. Amen and Amen! A message for us all to try and live by. Thanks

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  2. Your faith strengthens mine. Jacob talks about the beers you shared at Valpo. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+27%3A17

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    1. Jacob and I had a great time. God bless.

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  4. I can't wait to be a sarcastic, Cubs loving 😜, beer drinking friend with you this weekend.

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  5. I just want to share my story so i can reach out to others. My mom was diagnosed with ALS (Lou gehrig's disease) in the summer of 2013. She is my best friend and all i have got in this world. And I was scared because when the doctor told me about how deadly this disease is i could not help but cry. She suffered all through the time, she could no longer walk as all her bones were weak, speak or even eat, this were years of torment as i have never seen anything like it or ever been so scared in my life and i wept as the days go by. We tried several drugs like Riluzole, and various therapy that was prescribed by the doctor but it came out even worse as she became very thin. She is 65 years old. I actually thought i was going to loose her after all i have spent. I was in church one day when a fellow in the christian faith told me about a doctor who has a cure and that this doctor had cured a colleague she knew suffered from ALS, i was in shock and recalled the doctor once told me there was no cure, she gave me the doctor's contact and i contacted him and told him all we have been through and he told me about his very effective herbal medicine that treats it permanently, though at that time i did not believe but i wanted my mom to be okay again so i decided to give a try and he sent me the medicine which i gave her as instructed by the doctor. In a month time i was amazed at the improvement and by the second month she was completely okay, during all these times she did not experience any side effects. To confirm all these we went back to the doctor to confirm, he ran all the tests and found no trace of ALS in her again. Today my mom can run, jog, eat and speak fine without any assistance currently she is baby sitting my daughter and till now she is still very strong. If you are suffering from ALS (Lou gehrig's disease) do not die in silence because there is still hope for you. Contact the doctor on (josephalberteo@gmail.com) i am very sure he can help you too.

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