My wife is probably the single most amazing, brave and inspiring person I know. When I met her she was a single mom, working nights with Brooklynn and making ends meet. helping her mom, working at our church and leading a singles group. She was a very active woman and I was amazed as the wisdom that flowed through her. It was always apparent she was very in tune with hearing God.
Getting to marry her was a huge blessing and now, looking back, I can't really remember what life was like before her. Given the things she does for me, I am amazed I even survived my single years ( Apparently I didn't know how to dress, cook or put away dishes before I met her). She dived into married life with gusto and it wasn't long after we married that we entered into apartment ministry. She was amazing in her ability to organize and pull together events in our community.
Around our third year of apartment ministry and marriage, we started to feel run down...Not easy to keep up the pace of 8 social events as well as normal life. we started to contemplate getting out of the ministry and taking a break. We left ministry work in Aug 2011. In Sept 2011 Stacy had a seizure that, quite frankly, scared the hell out of me. The right side of her body started to seize. Her foot and hands began to curl in and she was unable to control them. I rushed her to the hospital and that began a four month process of trying to find out what had happened. The strange seizure would return with ever increasing frequency during those four months. After appointments with neurologists, MRI's, EEG's, blood tests and sleep studies, we found out Stacy has Multiple Sclerosis. we determined a coarse of treatment and started into this new season of our life. Those first few months were hell. I have never know Stacy to be depressed about anything, but the reality of this disease can bring down event the spirits of the most upbeat of people.
It took several months for her to bounce back and begin to attack this disease, once she got her legs under her, and set out in her mind to beat this thing, she dug in like a trooper and began to get back into life. That's when we found out about how exhausting MS can be. Ever since that first flare up Stacy does not have the energy resources she used to. this is a constant source of frustration for her. having been so active she often gets mad about not being able to do as much as she used to do. She still powers through, but we have had to learn to steward and budget her energy to do the things we want to do as a family. It's rough at times, but oh so worth it to see her out and about and enjoying herself. The best thing is she has kept her sense of humor. I had reservations about doing a strip on MS. But to see her laugh at the little bit of reality in the wrapper of funny made it evident that this would be ok.