Dear Church Family,
Bill and I want to thank each of you for your support, and especially your prayers, for the Self family, lately. This has been (and still is) a strange and scary journey, and would be impossible to maneuver without your love and prayers.
Bill’s back surgery last fall, brought to light more serious problems. Since March, we have been sent, literally, all over Atlanta in search of a definitive diagnosis for his failing use of his legs, voice, balance, etc. After ten doctors/tests, the definitive diagnosis came by way of a phone call on April 23rd. As you know, it was devastating to know that Bill has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for which there is no cure. Physical therapy, voice and swallowing therapy, started immediately. The best thing that has happened…and we credit your prayers…came about when we were accepted into the Emory ALS Clinic with Dr. Glass (well known internationally) and the ALS Association. Karen went with us for the first appointment, and from the minute we stepped into the reception area, on June 9th, all three of us felt a sense of calm, and caring. Every staff person was kind and gentle.
Dr. Glass explained a lot of what we can expect and offered help in the form of the ALS Association by providing information, and many other ways of helping. The kindness, honesty, even the physical touch, lifted our spirits. As you can imagine, we have been emotionally on a roller coaster…and I do not do well on a roller coaster! Every hour seems to have been a struggle. Bill has good days, and some not so good. He is still voraciously reading all those books in his library. His voice fails him, especially late in the day, or when he is over-tired. Of course, this limits his normal social activities. His happiest times are when Carter or Benjamin come by for a visit, or for heavy lifting I need. And of course, as always, Karen and Bryan always are available for anything we need. Our oldest son, Lee, will be coming for a visit in the next few days, and we look forward to being with him. Your cards and notes are so appreciated (they are read and re-read).
We are so blessed to be loved, and cared for by such a dear church family. Our family…all the Selfs’ love and appreciate all of you. May God be with each of you and richly bless you.
Carolyn and Bill Self
An Update on Dr. Self
Dear Church Family,