July 13, 2016 ' I'm With My People'
I'm with my people. In this world of such uncertainty, it's refreshing to know that there are people that care; that support and want to see their fellow man/woman succeed. ALS is never a fun disease. ALS is often described as an Glass Coffin. Victims are essentially trapped in the coffin of their own body, looking out into a world they can't interact with. ALS is a tough, vicious disease, but it is also one of the worlds most extraordinary mysterious of our time. We do not know the cause, or remedy, or treatment. We simply do not have a lot of answers.
In the midst of all this, we hold on to Hope. We hold on to our faith. Every single PALS ( Person Living with ALS) that I've had the opportunity to meet has an unwavering strength that is beyond admirable. Just look at Anthony's smile. He has ALS, but he still smiles, his eyes speak love and he has HOPE, so much hope that he refuses to give up. ALS has taught me so much about myself. It's been only four years since I have immersed myself into this community. Little did I know that my entire life would be changed by every single soul that I interact with. I was chosen to serve, and I consider myself the lucky one.
It's been a privilege of a lifetime to be able to serve PALS from the great state of Arkansas. Someone asked me recently, if I missed living my jet set life style in California? My answer was no... Where else would I find so much strength, hope, courage and LOVE? I'm where I need to be. I'm with my people.
Lara Blume McGee
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