Wednesday, September 9, 2009

You have what? Must have positive thoughts....

Well it’s been quite some time since my last post, and usually I try and keep them upbeat and positive…. Well I’m still going to try to do it with this one.

My step mom Joy who I am EXTREMELY close to and love as much as you could ever love someone who is not blood family was recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). I don’t want to even go into too much detail as I get upset, but for those of you who don’t know it is terminal, and a terrible debilitating disease.

Joy’s cousin recently designed a website : http://www.hopeforjoy.ca/ that talks about the disease, and has a blog where Joy can write about her day to day experiences with the disease and treatments.

Health care in Canada is scary, and thank GOD my family could go through the private sector and get some answers. 11 months public and she was still waiting for a CAT scan. 2 months in the private sector and she was diagnosed, and has already begun treatments. I won’t even go into the costs so far… However, you can’t put a price on your health!

Coincidentally enough, they are now in Mexico! They are actually going to a clinic in Mexico that was recommended by their clinic in Canada – it deals with neurological diseases, and detoxifications. http://www.sanoviv.com/ .

I will write more when I know more, and let you know how the experience at the clinic is. It’s supposed to be World Class, and really promote healthier living which is essential to a person living with ALS.

So from the Rockies to the Baja she goes!! Funny isn’t it? Free health care in Canada, free my ass. Sorry, but that part really frustrates me… I’m going to have to let that go!

That’s it for now, but again I’ll make sure to post some pics of the clinic and let you all know how the treatment(s) go!!!

Here is a picture of our family with Joy ... the last time she was able to hold a golf club. WOW. Who knew that would be the last time?

5 comments:

TAB in PA said...

You know my thoughts are with you and your family. I am sure the Clinic will work it’s miracles on her, and we will all be able to gather around in Cancun, when they, and I make it there, for many nights of good times. I am here for you in anyway possible. 6.5 more weeks!!!!!!!!!

Suzanne Marie Bandick said...

All my love to you, Joy, and your whole family. Please do write here as you cannot keep this bottled up - best to write and talk about it so you can work through your emotions.

I believe love and healing energy can reach great distances. I'm sending mine.

I am happy to hear that a clinic in Mexico can provide help. Viva Mexico!

Amanda said...

That sounds like a great clinic. You know the medical knowledge here in Mexico are right on with the level in the States and Canada. Alot of times it just comes down to not having the money to practice the same. So if this is a high class clinic Im sure that wont be a problem. Sounds like shes in good hands. I have cared for many patients with ALS and my prayers will be with your family. Sometimes its harder for the family, but she can pull through.

On Mexican Time said...

Tori - thanks a million amiga. Joy is doing amazing at the clinic. Gill and I have been busy looking for organic stores in Cancun... no luck I'm afraid :(

Suzanne - thank you so much. I truly do believe in the power of positive thinking... Joy is doing amazing, and we are planning a huge auction for her. The amt of support she is getting from her family and friends - WOW. Truly brings up her spirits! I'll be sure to post about it...

Amanda - I couldn't agree with you more...sometimes I think it is harder for the family as "bad" as that can sound. I love her with all my heart but there are days that it is draining on me physically and emotionally.. I think because I'm also bearing my fathers sadness... They are truly a couple in love, and so young...50 years old!!! Thanki you for the support!!!

Steve Parker said...

I read your article & it is very sad story, I listen about this disease first time in my life, God bless Joy. I mostly visit the blogs related to health care & medical issues.