A Love Story and ALS
It's really hard writing your wife's obituary. I understand that every life must end here. It makes me happy to know she's in heaven now and out of her suffering, but will always miss her and in tears as I write this. Lisa passed away Sept 12th. She lived with ALS for 6 years. 90% of those with Lou Gehrig's disease don't even have the chance to make it that long. That said Lisa truly became and was, one in a million. She had no fear as she saw and slowly went into the valley of death. She smiled and met each new day and challenge as ALS took every voluntary muscle use away from her. This by no means was easy for her, but Lisa made the experience AWESOME for us all.
She had faith in God and accepted this was the path he had for her life. She knew that something is going to take us all, one way or another. Always making the most of each day she had, even after diagnoses, she brightened people's lives. Talking and texting and posting to friends and her ALS online group. Many were inspired after meeting or talking with her and seeing her sparkle and strength and faith. Even Chaplin Dan, who baptized the whole family in our living room in October, was impressed with her positive outlook and wisdom on life and death and the gift of eternal life in heaven. A true journey of faith.
She always said the best thing about being terminal, besides the great parking places with her placard, was meeting all the different, interesting and caring people who came into her life. The last years were special and Lisa was at peace and wanted to say thank you to all of her day and night caregivers.
She raised 2 great kids, Garrett and Alyssa and after 38 years together, molded the lump of coal husband, Dave, into the diamond he is now. (Dave's words lol) As she looked back at all the places we visited or lived, all the things we did and all the different places she worked, she found the best part of her life, her true happiness, were the lives she helped create, Alyssa and Garrett. She passed the best parts of herself to them.
We thank God for everyday he gave us with you Lisa. Also thanks to all that helped us out over the last few years here in the South Bay, especially Lisa's bible study crew from Journey of Faith. Lisa everything you gave, and nothing you would take. We held you till you died; we will meet you on the other side. Please donate to the ALS foundation to help find a cure or meaningful treatments someday. Screw ALS.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Sep. 27, 2019.