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WENDY COOK

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My mom passed away on December 22,2008 with ALS. She was such a wonderful person, a wonderful friend, grandmother, sister and mother. She dedicated her life to helping others.
She started her career as a nurse, went on to teaching nursing, back to nursing and finally along with the government brought a wonderful program called "Extra Mural Hospital" to our area. She was the manager of this program for many years until her retirment in 2002.
My mother had a wonderful faith in god, one that I might add I didnt for what was happening to her. She would always tell me I had to have faith. As she worsened (still not knowing what she even had) I would say," mom how can you have so much faith" when this is happening? She would always reply, God has a reason for everything, you must be strong and believe in him and what he does.
Well even now that she is gone, I still do question his reasoning behind what I consider one of the most cruel diseases I have ever heard of. However I found and still find myself thanking him for certain things from time to time. On the morning of her death (she had slept away very peacefully) I thanked him for taking her the way he did.
The more I tried to hate him the more she made me love him.
It took the most important thing from my life but taught me so much about myself and what I had inside. I want to make more people aware of this disease and help those who do have it.
 

crystalkk

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Wendy,

I am sorry to here about your mother, may she rest in peace.
 

Zaphoon

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Wendy,

Your description of your mother was a wonderful one. I am glad you witnessed her going peacefully and that you'll always have wonderful memories of her.

Thank you for posting and helping in spread awareness of ALS.
 

Al

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My sincere condolences Wendy.

AL.
 

thelma313

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"I still do question his reasoning behind what I consider one of the most cruel diseases I have ever heard of. However I found and still find myself thanking him for certain things from time to time.[/QUOTE]

Wendy I really identify with what you said. My Dad has ALS (diagnosed in August) and I still can't really believe what we all have to face with this disease. I hope that I may find the faith that you seem to be acquiring thanks to your loving mother who sounds like a wonderful, generous person. She is a true hero for having contributed what she did to the world. Please accept my deepest sympathies. I am very very sorry for your loss.
 

brooksea

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I am so very for the loss of you dear mother. She sounds like such a wonderful woman and loving mother...may she rest in peace.
 

WENDY COOK

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Thank you all for your kind words and condolances. I wish I had of known this site was here along time ago. I am finding a strange feeling of peace as I read the words of support that everyone shares to both the wonderful people past and present who have ALS.
 

lostinlouisville

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Wendy

One of the best Gifts God gives us through hard times is PEACE. I am so very happy you have found this during this time. I am very sorry for the loss of your Mother, I do feel she will live on in the very important gift she gave you in her Faith.

Renee
 

Flowerpot

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Wendy

My Mum also had the strongest faith and I am sure that is what got her through some very difficult and painful times.

So sorry for your loss

Kind regards

Flowerpot
 

brendapals

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Wendy,
My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Sounds like your mom was a tremendous woman! God bless you dear,
-b
 

WENDY COOK

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Thank You

Thank you all so much
 

WENDY COOK

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Thank you Renee, I believe that too.
 

violetivy

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Your mother was a very smart, strong woman by the sounds of things. She is even helping people now with her words, through you.

God bless you,
 

WENDY COOK

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Thank you

Thank you Violetivy for your kind words. I hope she would feel the same way, actually she probably would. Thanks
 
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