Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Being Self Sufficient

I've mentioned before about My Step Mom being afflicted with MS. My mother passed away from the disease. I remember finding out she had it and being in disbelief because she had no physical signs of the disease. As I got older, my Step Father became involved with the local MS Chapter and eventually became President. We were then expected to attend the different events and picnics sponsored by the chapter and that was my first experience with how bad my mother could/would get.
I think the hardest thing for an individual to "let go" of is their inability to be self sufficient. My Step Mom has difficulty walking, uses an assist dog, and has had hand controls installed in her car, but will not even discuss the idea of a wheelchair. I asked her several months ago if she had considered it. She would not discuss it. She later called me back to apologize and say that she wanted me to feel comfortable to ask anything, but she felt that she would walk "assisted" as long as she could.
I think The Scooter Store has made great strides in trying to make their scooters available to all in need. They also have a unique design to make getting around easier than the old clunky wheelchairs of yesteryear.
I know it is inevitable that my Step Mom will some day be in need of more assistance, but am in awe of her constant persistance to keep going and doing for herself. Heck, she does more in an average day than I do.

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