The power of community

I posted a note on the local Facebook community. I said I have ALS and that our family needs help. Within hours a lady offered to do our ironing mountain and a man offered to do our gardening. Free of charge and I had never met these very kind people. Parents in our school community have provided us with meals. Our neighbour cuts our front lawn, my friends drive me as I am not confident to drive just now. My 86 and 87 year-old parents spend time with us and are very helpful. We are so very grateful.

During a time like this it is easy for the partner of the person who is ill to be overwhelmed with daily chores, and this was happening. The condition wears everyone out, physically and emotionally, and time is needed to be together, and time is needed to heal the illness and to have quiet time together. My wife is simply incredible, and holding everything together is a huge challenge. The non-sufferer is the unsung hero, without doubt.

Thanks to the generosity of spirit of the local community we now have more strength and time.

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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