By Jenny Chissus
This November 4th, I had the honor to sit with my brother Peter – the father of the bride – at Chelsea’s wedding reception. To understand the real significance of that, here’s a little history.
My brother was diagnosed with ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in September 2009, after a year of wondering what was going on with his speech. He was having a difficult time formulating words, and at first, his speech resembled someone who had too much to drink.
Before we knew his diagnosis, I remember one conversation we had on the phone when we were struggling to communicate, and I felt bad that I couldn’t understand his words. Peter kept saying “Jenny, this isn’t so bad, so my speech is slurred a bit, I have friends with serious diseases, cancer or other horrible things. It isn’t so bad, it is still me, I just talk funny!”
Peter has always had such a great outlook and positive attitude that is contagious. He is and always been a light when he entered a room. Even with this awkward speech situation, he was still upbeat and an encourager to others. Continue reading