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This can be a simple question to some but a deep question to many others. As I said in my previous blog it starts and ends with Faith for me. Without faith how can you have hope, and without hope how can you live your life no matter what you are facing.

That kind of brings me to acceptance and denial. For a while I denied what I had and hoped it was something else. Eventually I had to accept this diagnosis to continue to live my life. Some may believe that if you accept something difficult you lose the ability to have hope. Nothing could be more false.  I went from denial and hoping for a different diagnosis to acceptance and hope for a cure or a difference maker in the medical field. Little did I know something would happen this week? For the first time ever a doctor has discovered a cause for all forms of ALS. It is hard to fix something very complex when you don’t know how it broke.  Now the hope has shifted again for the difference makers in the medical field to discover a medicine to attack the problem and slow down or hopefully find a cure for all those suffering with ALS.

As a parent I have many hopes for my kids but health and happiness are at the top of the list. I can’t imagine what it is like to hear that your child has a terminal illness no matter the age. My mom is 83 and I can see the worry in her eyes and feel the heartache she has for me. I also know this has added additional stress to her which isn’t healthy for anyone. This new news brought new hope to her that maybe something could be done to help her son.

I don’t know if they will discover anything soon enough to help me but I hope so. I don’t know what my children will grow up to be but I hope it makes them happy. I have many hopes but most of all I have faith. My hope is that all your hopes and dreams come true and no matter what you are facing. Never lose hope in what may seem impossible there are many difference makers in this world.      


5 responses to “What Does Hope Mean To You?

  1. I was encouraged by your post and you proclaiming your hope and faith. Thanks for sharing!

  2. ljpw93 ⋅

    Very well said brother…….I will never stop believing that you will overcome this, whether through the medical community or simply a miracle…..So many positive thoughts and prayers are constantly being sent for you and all the others living with these insidious conditions…..the only result will be a cure! Believe it!

  3. ljpw93 ⋅

    Well it’s got nothing to do with anything that is real
    you just believe in it and it’s true
    You can sooth like an angel or sigh like a saint
    you can dream it and see it through

  4. BA ⋅

    Jim…it was great meeting you at Miller Park. Ninety seconds between innings was not nearly enough time to get to know you but your blogs help. Sounds like you’ve turned your misery into a ministry and that is the greatest way to honor God. Your words are inspirational.
    Brian Anderson

    • Jim ⋅

      Brian…It was a very cool experience that JB and you provided. JB has told me a lot about you and your faith and I appreciate your kind words.

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