My story does not have a happy ending, however I want to tell you about my husband Mark, a man with great determination and a lot of love. Mark was diagnosed with an AVM in march of 1996. It was our one year anniversary. We were told it was too large to operate on and our doctor recomended we go to Chicago for an embolization. We did so but the procedure resulted in a stroke and Mark was paralyzed on the right side of his body and could not speak very well.
I took him home one week later because he was walking! The doctors were amazed at this and they let me take him to day rehabilitation for about 5 months so I got to be with him every night at home. I felt so lucky, it was my birthday when I was able to take him home so that was the greatest gift of all. He had such a wonderful attitude and never lost his sense of humor through these long enduring months.
In December of 1997, Mark decided to have radiation done. After that he had seizures. He was still determined. He did everything he could to go back to work. He helped me with our business, he worked on our house and cars, and he helped our 12 year old daughter with her homework. His sister, daughter and myself were his girls and we felt more love from him than ever (and for him).
On March 20th, 1999, I came home to find Mark had passed. He was working on my vehicle that day and our daughter, thank God, was with her aunt. I have had a miserable time with his passing, but remembering his strengh, courage and determination makes me move forward.
To all of you I love you and love hearing the happy endings! God Bless all of you!
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