This is my sister Kathryn, and her daughter, Dellah. 20 years ago, my sister was told she has Multiple Sclerosis. Huge by anyone’s standards. A disease that will, inevitably, not only take away a persons ability to carry out the day to day functions that we all take for granted, but for all intents and purposes leave a persons brain, spirit and soul trapped inside a useless shell. At first, changes were barely noticeable - not to anyone other than Kathryn, of course. Until now it is at the point that every time I see her my heart breaks at what this disease is doing to her. What it is taking from her.
For those who know my sister Kathryn, you will know how hard she has fought this disease. She has had EVERY. SINGLE. TREATMENT. available to her here in Australia, all with no positive result. In fact, the majority of them have resulted in her having the side effect that are generally limited to the 1-5% of those undergoing treatment.
And those who know her will also attest that my little sister is a bloody stubborn mare who doesn’t take kindly to any help or assistance, instead choosing to do things that others would balk at doing, quietly and uncomplainingly on her own.
Last week, she received the news that she has been accepted to a treatment program in Russia to undergo stem cell treatment. This is a lengthy, expensive and invasive endeavour to HOPEFULLY halt the MS in its tracks. She leaves in a little over 5 weeks.
Kathryn is brave beyond measure, and I am so proud of her on so many levels. Her independence, integrity, resilience and strength put most people I know to shame. I am praying and hoping with all that’s in me that this is successful, for the sake of her, and for her daughter Dellah. ♥️🙏🏻