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My mother lived an amazingly full life, even though she struggled with Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) for twenty-four years. For many years I've considered writing a book about my family's experiences as the nine of us sought to cope with the consequence of her illness. When my wife Kim was recently diagnosed with M.S., I felt even more compelled to write about these experiences. Why am I compelled to share this information with others? There are many reasons to share one's life experiences with others, but the primary reason that I want to "document" some of our family experiences is to share how Scripture has inspired our family to overcome the everyday trials and tribulations of Multiple Sclerosis. Throughout this book, I refer to a specific verse in the Bible and then relate it to a personal experience. That I include specific references to my parents, siblings, spouse, or children is not that important; they merely illustrate that every family goes through trials and tribulations. What is important though is the perspective or the "lens" through which we view these opportunities of life.
Dordt College Press
Sioux Center, Iowa
suffering, Multiple Sclerosis, family, faith, God, courage, Scripture
Christianity | Family, Life Course, and Society
Forseth, Eric, "Holding Together" (2016). Books by Dordt Authors. 48.