As a family, we wanted to share an update on our mother and to be sure the same information is being communicated. We are saddened to share this news and know some of you may not know of the struggles our mom has been enduring.
Over the past 18-24 months, our mother been dealing with a series of medical complications which have dramatically worsened over the past few months. Despite months of seeking answers, with many doctors appointments and tests, the answer finally came on Monday with a diagnosis of ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and will eventually lead to her death. You may have heard ALS called Lou Gehrig disease.
While the average life expectancy with this disease is 2-5 years, the progression takes different paths in each person. For mom, unfortunately ALS is moving very quickly. She has lost the ability to speak, can not swallow, has difficulty walking, has difficulty breathing, and is suffering cognitive impairment. The worst of these symptoms have come in the past three weeks.
Mom is currently in the hospital, but we are hoping to be able to get her home in the next several days. She and my father desire for her to stay at home, so steps are being taken to make that possible and ensure she has the 24 hour care she will require. Lecia will be taking a leave of absence from the hospital to coordinate mom’s healthcare needs.
At this time, please do not call our dad. He’s feeling really overwhelmed and handling lots of calls as we coordinate care for mom. If you have questions, please reach out to Lecia and she will get back to you as soon as possible. We will also do our best to post updates, but please bear with us during this difficult time.
You may send cards to their home address at: 21430 N. Hwy 99W, Dundee, OR 97115, and we’ll be happy to share them with the family.
Positive thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.