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Hi I'm Lynda.

I'm a Mormon. I am a full time caregiver to my disabled son, a wife, mother and grandmother.

About Me

For nineteen years I have been caring for my disabled son. He was a senior in high school, valedictorian of his class and ready to conquer the world when a strange disease process attacked his brain, virtually distroying his cerebellum and leaving him severely disabled. He is unable to do anything for himself except shave, if the shaver is put into his hand. He is also able to use a mouse and keyboard to work on his computer. All other activities, including feeding, bathing, brushing his teeth, dressing, washing his hair, trimming his nails, etc., must be done for him. He also has many medications and medical procedures, as well as doctor appointments, ordering supplies, and maintaining and monitoring equipment. My husband is able t o help on some things, but most of the caregiving is my responsibility. If that sounds hard--IT IS!--but there are many rewards, too. I read to him while I feed him and talk to him while I bathe him and dress him. He is unable to speak because he has a tube in his neck to protect his airway, but he and I learned sign language together so he can communicate. We use a mechanical lift to get him out of be and into his power wheelchair with his ventilator, suction machine and humidifier on the back. We also have a big van equiped with a wheelchair lift and oxygen tank so we can take him to church, a movie, out to dinner, or, even on a long trip. We have a toy hauler RV trailer my husband and other son equiped with a lift in the ceiling, special bed and even a computer station for him. We can go camping with the grandkids and have even traveled to the Oregon coast and to Church history sites in the midwest. Life is good and we're so grateful to be able to care for him, as well as spend time with our other adult chilren and our sweet grandchildren. 

Why I am a Mormon

 My dad was in the military while I was growing up, so we moved every two or three years. Since I have been married we have moved several times. These were all major moves, not just across town, but to different cities, states, or countries. Moving is never easy, but one thing I never had to worry about was finding a new church each time we moved like some of my friends. There was always a Mormon church where ever we moved with people anxious to be our friends. The best part is that the doctrine is always the same we sing the same hymns my children were always in the same Sunday School class and youth groups. There is security in this world wide church.

How I live my faith

 I gladly accept any assignment to serve whether it be teaching a children's class, visiting other women with a monthly message, or leading the congregation singing hymns. My time is limited because of my responsibilities caring for my son, but I enjoy whenever I can also interact with others in my neighborhood or congregation.