I am thankful for my best friend

Diane DeVillers
Posted October 15, 2017 from United States
Vinnie and Dide
Our trist on the Oregon Coast

I am thankful for my life mate Mark, who has been a great sense of support from the very beginning of my MS journey. When I had a bad episode and was bedbound for four months, he not only worked all day but came home and made dinner and brought it up on a tray for me. My back pain was so bad that he had to help hold me up in the shower so I could wash. He went outside and hung a birdsuet hanger in the tree so that when I laid in bed, I could watch the birds eating the suet from my window. He's been here for me every step of the way. He drives me to some of my appointments. He listens to me when I need to talk. It makes having MS so much easier by having someone in mycorner. He always tells me "I have your back". We've been together for 25 years and its good to know, that if my MS starts to progress again, that I have him in my life. Previously he had to have three surgeries within a year of each other, and I had been there for him. I mean, it was hard, taking care of him, I had to walk upstairs without my canes, to bring him his food. There were times when my fatigue was overwhelming, and yet I kept on and never told him how wore out I was. It's what you do for someone you love, it's how you show them that you have their back. The world is easier when you have two to shoulder the burden.

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Jill Langhus
Oct 16, 2017
Oct 16, 2017

Hi Diane. Thanks for sharing your lovely story about Mark. He sounds like a great pillar for you, as you are for him:-)

Oct 20, 2017
Oct 20, 2017

Helo Diane.  Best things in this world is having a person who can be with on times of success and problems in life... you have him.

Urmila Chanam
Dec 04, 2017
Dec 04, 2017

Dear Diane,

You are so lucky my sister to have Mark and a friend to rely on in the toughest of times. No one can understand this till they have met up with an accident, fallen seriously sick or in need for support(physically and literally and not on phone call, message or social media). I am also happy you have appreciation for the support you are getting. There are many people who wish us well in spirit but very few who actually walk the talk with us. I am praying for your recovery and happy life.

I met a small mishap a month ago making me immobile due to ligament injury in feet where I had to wade through it alone. I live alone and getting around the house to cook a meal, do the laundry was a nightmare. The worst was when the grocery or home supplies got exhausted. I sought help from few friends and somehow got past it. I truly empathize with your experience.

Love always,

Urmila Chanam,