Cathy Burek Kleiber Cathy Kleiber

First post: Sep 26, 2017 Latest post: Nov 27, 2022
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My name is Cathy Kleiber. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother.  I am a niece, an aunt, a granddaughter, and a friend.  I am a physical therapist, a musician, a master gardener and I have ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.    
I started having pain in my shoulder and weakness in my hand in January 2016.  By fall of 2016, other symptoms arose including muscle twitching, cramping, and further weakness.  I received the devastating diagnosis in November 2016 and a confirmed second opinion in March 2017.  I will never forget the words that changed my life “you have ALS.”  It is a cruel disease that results in loss of the use of your hands, arms, legs, speech, swallow and eventually breath. There is no cure.
ALS does not define who I am.  It may take away function and change my life but it will not take away who I am or my faith in God.  I am strong, stubborn, and I will fight.  I will never give up !  Please be patient and understanding when I may not do things the way I used to or struggle to do things that were once easy.  Please understand when I may talk different.  Please understand that I have good days and bad days-tears and laughter. Please pray with me and be my support in this journey.

God, grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can And the wisdom to know the difference.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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