So, some of you realized that my Dad joined this network the other day. It just reinforces to me how important we all can value whatever we may call family. The day I had the AVM bleed, he dropped everything and drove 300 miles to see me in the hospital. He was an amazing support to my partner- especially since I was so comatose that I don’t even remember him being there! I can remember when I was a teenager how little I thought I had in common with my Dad. Now I can’t imagine life without him.
So, he’s seen the good, bad and ugly side of me- now let me tell you how he raised me. Because of him I respect all others regardless of where they came from, the life they live, their points of view, etc. Mind you, he never actually sat me down and told me how to do this, he did it by example and its a powerful one I’ll never forget.
I remember the days and days of fishing; when he let me use his condo on my 18th birthday (don’t ask me about that Dad); how he listened with wise eyes when I was heartborken for the first time and how we treats my partner like his son everyday.
He’s a good guy!
(Enough sucking up, eh?)
I think we should encourage more of our family to join this site. The “event” of a bleed or diagnosis is just the first step in a life changing experience. Our families need to know how it affects us daily and how brave many of us are (and how scared). Its simple, use the Invite option, send them an email.
Have a great weekend.