Betty, my mom, was one of the most amazing moms who ever lived. I could go to her with anything; she was my best friend – and now she’s my angel. She taught my sister and me what it feels like to be loved to the ends of the earth.
Mom always thought about other people. She was one of the most selfless people I have ever known. Her life centered around her family. She and my Dad were married for 50 years and were able to celebrate that milestone anniversary, still like high school sweethearts, a few months before she was diagnosed. She was a school teacher before my sister, Karen, and I were born and then a stay-at-home mother who was involved in all our activities. My friends always wanted to come to my house for lunch because Mom was known for her cooking and her Southern hospitality. Mom made sure everyone had their individual favorites made. That’s how much she wanted others to be happy. She also was very active in our Myrtle Beach, S.C., community and our church. No one ever had a bad word to say about her.
My mom was diagnosed with ALS on November 1, 2007. In early June 2008, Mom had a sudden medical crisis and went to her local emergency room. Her system was too weak to go on, and she never made it home. She was 74.
My hope is that ALS.net's Betty’s Battle will be able to fund the research necessary to find a cure, so other families don’t have to go through this like my family did.
I want to humanize ALS, so people understand what it does both to those who have it, and to their families. ALS took one of the sweetest people who ever walked this earth. I want to do whatever I can to stop it from taking somebody else’s loved one.