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Determined To Overcome

Determined To Overcome

It’s been about a month since reporting that Irene continues to battle the 3 day a week GRIND on dialysis, challenged by continuous forearm pain.  We’ve endeavored to brainstorm about whether it’s a NERVE or tendonitis issue and have concluded that it’s a chronic nerve issue without much opportunity to reverse the condition.  She mitigates the pain by alternating between COLD & HOT compresses.  She endures significant TORTURE then rebounds on non-dialysis days to the point that people hardly believe she has any challenges at all.  On the long nights of insomnia following dialysis, she tosses and turns, battling unrelenting NAUSEA and chronic fatigue the following day.  However, her attitude is amazingly POSITIVE….she looks TERRIFIC and is truly a JOY.

The sobering reality is that she suffers in silence and with a smile.  She has, to a large extent, an “invisible disability”.  Her buoyancy is inspiring; her smile never ending.  She’s determined to overcome, persuaded that through it all that God has a plan and she endeavors to live for him and glorify His Name.

Thanks for caring,
Dave

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Well-Deserved Recognition

This post is by Frank Johnson — the guy who helps Dave with IreneDias.com. Here’s a video in which Dave is presented with the 2011 Caregiver Award by the Invisible Disabilities Association. I know that all of us will agree that the award is well-deserved!

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