Christmas with MSA

December 25, 2011 Posted by Frank Cervone

Christmas with MSAWell, it’s Christmas Eve.  God has looked favorably upon me and granted me one more year, one more Christmas with those I love.  Every day that I awake, I am proud to say that I am a MSA survivor.  I will continue this way of thinking until I can think no more.

There have been lots of changes this year for me, significant health changes for me as well as Susan, a new place to live, and last but certainly not least my retirement from Fairborn City Council.  I was so blessed to have been able to finish my term.  Changes, although scary, have a way of giving clarification to your life.

Of course, suffering from a deadly disease is not a change anyone would wish for, but with the risk of sounding “cliché”, it does make you look at things in a different perspective.  When you get to visit with friends and it is time to leave, you say good-bye a little differently.  You hug a little tighter.  You linger a little longer.  And with family, it is a whole different game.  I remember a time when we would all be out the door scattered for the day to take care of business without a thought.  An unanswered phone call to another would cause a grumbling of inconsideration.  Now, we are very aware that this may be the last time we see each other, the last time to say, “I love you!”

Fortunately we know not to take one minute for granted.  I know that sounds weird.  How could we be fortunate to be in this situation?  But we are fortunate because we won’t miss a moment that otherwise people just pass by.  Everyone knows the holiday season is really the only time we actually stop to appreciate all those that are in our life.  I ask that you take a minute and think about this….

Pretend everyday is the last time you may be able to talk to those around you that you love.  Be kind to strangers.  Don’t be quick to judge.  You have absolutely no way of knowing what is going on in that person’s life.  The struggles they face everyday.  They may be, as my wife Susan describes herself, held together with “kitty litter”.  Dealing with the bad stuff of everyday life, clumped together with tears, ready to fall apart at any minute.

This Christmas, be especially thankful and caring to each other.  We always hear of those that have passed away unexpectedly.  We never know when we may be one of those.  Never take for granted that you will have one more time to tell someone how much you appreciate them, one more time to say I love you.

So to start this new tradition….Merry Christmas to all our old friends, our new friends and to those friends we have yet to meet.  We love you all!

Frank, Susan and Angelina

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6 Responses to Christmas with MSA

  1. Beverly Clayton on December 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Just beautiful Frank & so true! Merry Christmas to you all with love!

  2. Frank on December 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks Bev! Merry Christmas to you and PC!

  3. Bob & KayStrank on December 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Frank, as alwaysyou column lifts us up. At a time when we shouldlifting you and Susan up and saying encouraging things to you; we findthat you are the encourager. Yes we do need to love each other more,I lost my dad last year and although we had thechance to say our goodbyes life has never been the same.

  4. Fred Pumroy on December 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    You are right on track! Both our families have been blessed! We both have great families, friends and have God watching over us! Merry Christmas!

  5. sandy foster on December 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    That really touched my heart,and i think this way a lot,and especially since my son has been handed this horrible disease,( Dennis Jakeway)But I have Always told my family I Love them Everyday.Even if you call my house and you get the machine,it will say at the end,If this is any of my family I love you. I just want them to know that every minute of everyday. GOD Bless you Frank,and hope to tell you Merry Christmas today,and a lot more times in the future.

    • Frank on December 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Sandy! I hope you all had a great holiday too!

      Let’s hope that 2012 brings new advances for MSA.


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