Your responses are great. I find hope and faith to be difficult subjects. I am reading everything and storing your stuff away. Please do not think I am ignoring you. I plan to bring other voices into this still phantom book. I hope we will talk. If you have a chance, Google William Faulkner’s speech accepting the 1949 Nobel Prize for literature. There are recordings. It is a wonderful affirmation of faith in the human spirit, what faith means to me.

12 Responses to Thanks

  1. DianeT November 3, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    What an amazing speech! Thanks for bringing it to our attention as we endure and prevail on our journeys together through your writing, Richard. As a writer you have risen to the challenge laid out by Faulkner of lifting our hearts and reminding us of the courage, honor, hope and sacrifice it takes to learn to live with progressive illness.

    • Richard November 7, 2014 at 7:44 am #

      You are very kinde.


  2. Hannah November 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the speech. I have to read through it again and again to fully understand…he was so brilliant.

    I love reading what you write, but you admit it is challenging for you. Since you’re working through this hope/faith thing, maybe you could try writing something “lighter” to give yourself a mental break while keeping the words flowing?

    Maybe tell us a story!

    • Richard November 7, 2014 at 7:48 am #

      Rhere were three bears walking in the forrest. One of them was sick and had no hope he would get better. Another told him to kep the faith. The third just told the others he needed a drin. I will get back to you with the moral of the story.


      • Hannah November 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

        Is this your internal dialogue? Well anyway, my three bears go like this:

        1. Smile, but cry if you need to.
        2. Be kind to yourself.
        3. It will be ok in the end – if it isn’t ok, it isn’t the end.

        I will hold you to getting back to me about the moral. That one bear might have a drinking problem, though.

  3. Matt November 5, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Hope to me is a state of mind. It is like religion for me, do I believe the same as others? Does that make them wrong? No! Does it make me wrong? No! Hope is what we as individuals create for ourselves like doing the stem cell treatment. You created your hope by being a part of the trial. If there wasn’t hope in our thoughts then why would we do these things? No one else is going to create our own hopes we must travel this road alone and create the hope.

    • Richard November 7, 2014 at 7:50 am #

      I agree and am allowing myself to hope for something good from the trial. Sort of. We’ll see.


  4. Em November 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Without hope, I have nothing… I will never give up hoping for my husband.

    • Richard November 7, 2014 at 7:51 am #

      I wish you power and satisfaction.


  5. Jan November 8, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Not sure where that last line came from about a “comment awaiting moderation” — ignore that, please.

  6. MB November 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Here’s a possible topic for a future post: What is the craziest/most desperate/shot in the dark thing we have done to hang onto our real selves?

  7. Glen Fauble November 10, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Richard allow me to start this correspondence with my deep appreciation for what you do and how you do it. As an MS suffer I know the chores and how hard it to do some makes some things are so simple the average that is normal as a real hard time understanding what needs as multiple sclerosis sufferers go through on a daily basis. Every one of us as a slightly different and unique form of multiple sclerosis which makes it impossible for doctors to create a same course of treatment.
    I have recently been diagnosed with secondar ophthalmologist y progressive MS and everything that goes along with this new diagnosis. First thing that I am fighting on a daily basis is major eyesight problems. I have been seeing a neuro ophthalmologist in order to try to control my current problems. I know that there is nothing that I can physically do to make my prognosis change all I can do is live with it and comfortably change the simple things that I am challenged with.
    Must admit that I am very proud of what you and your wife do to make your life and encouraging example for all of us MS sufferers. I look forward to reading this page as often as I can.
    It is my goals make myself available as an advocate for MS change needed within our society.
    Keep up the good work to do and you do so well.
    Glen Fauble