Joan Belk Joan Belk

First post: Mar 8, 2018 Latest post: Mar 11, 2018
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Mom and David moved into a home in our neighborhood in the middle of January this year.  We had high expectations of our lives with Mom and David living so close. We were looking forward to family meals, watching movies, helping mom and assisting David in learning to live independently. All of our expectations and dreams for the future of our family were abruptly disrupted one week after the move.  Mom fell several times her first week in the house. Thank goodness she suffered no injury during these falls.  We were quite perplexed by these falls, along with breathing difficulties and weakness in her hands. We sought assistance from her primary Physician who was unable to pin point a reason. Our Mother's safety was of grave concern to us and so after her last fall we had her admitted to the hospital for further evaluation.  Three long  weeks in the hospital, multiple tests by specialists, we received her diagnosis. David, Gus and I were with mom when he shared a diagnosis of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gerhigs disease.  It was a devestating moment for all of us, knowing our plans for the future would be completely altered. A week later Mom was transferred to Carrington in Charlotte for rehabilitation.  She  has regained  some strength but the course of this disease in unforgiving. She requires 24 hour a day assistance and will need more care than we will be able to provide at home.  Mom is loved by so many and has impacted so many  lives in a positive light that the parade of visitors is endless. She derives great joy in seeing her friends and we want to thank each and everyone of you for reaching out, visiting, sharing a moment with her, the flowers, the books, the food I want to thank each and everyone of you and hope as the days grow long that you will join me in embracing my mom as she faces the greatest challenge of her life. Please keep her voice alive as this disease will take it from her surely. I will try to keep everyone updated and apologize preemptively that I may not be able to answer every post but know we are helping my mom, Joan Belk, live the best life she can live the rest of her life, together. 

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