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My Dad and Father in law

Posted on July 05 2012

My father Warren Anderson was my hero. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was always giving and never asked for anything in return. He ran marathons, did cross country skiing, and later in his life he liked to go for long walks. I am proud to say that I am the daughter of a WW2 vet. My father and my father in law were both diagnosed with Parkinsons around the same time. My father being the older of the two lost his battle on June 12, 2011 at the age of 86. My father in law who is about 20 years younger is slowly facing the same fate that my dad did. He was a school bus driver for many years and a dairy farmer as well. He has since retired from both. I have seen the terrible effects this disease has on it’s victims. The disease affected both men so differently. My father had minor tremors but it frazzled his memory, whereas my father in law has his whole right side affected with massive tremors and it is now affecting his memory. It is very hard for me to see my father in law suffering. I feel like I am reliving the hell my father went through all over again. I love both men very much, and I would not wish this disease on even my worst enemy. The sad part of it is that both my husband and I will probably face the same fate as these two wonderful men.

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