Friday, July 6, 2012

Before Tomorrow

July 5th, 2011 was the first time a doctor, my doctor, mentioned a concern about my symptoms, and the disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Just over a year ago.

There wasn't a diagnosis, rather a list of things that could explain my symptoms. Some mild ailments were at one end of the spectrum, and ALS at the other.

With Louise's birth - a c-section - planned for two days later, my mind was simply overloaded with emotion.

Amanda surprised me outside the doctor's office that day. We went across the road for breakfast and a debrief. Given the pending birth of Louise, I was determined not to talk about the worst-case scenario I'd just been told of. I was successful, although I got emotional when Amanda talked about Cora...

...The first of many ALS-inspired emotional moments when thinking about my girls.

Louise's birth followed two days later.

In spite of everything going through my mind, Louise's birth was amazing.


  1. Happy Birthday Louise.

  2. Can't wait to see you all at the beach next week, I'm on ramen duty apparently!