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Written prior to Bryna's death 12:02 , 4-30-16.

In Pursuit of a Miracle — Synopsis

For the full story, view the video at the top or bottom of this page.

Imagine being paralyzed, unable to speak or feed yourself. Imagine not being able to dial a phone, scratch your nose, or change the channel on the TV. It’s called the “locked-in syndrome.”

Now imagine caring for this person 24/7/60 from morning to night.

This was our life, written prior to and edited since Bryna's passing. 

My name is Mel Solon. I'll be 77 this July on Bastille Day.  My wife, Bryna, was 71. We met at a singles dance at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, got engaged three days later, and married three weeks later in Las Vegas, 50 years ago as of March 2016.

On January 31 of 2014, our lives were changed forever when Bryna was diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a neuromuscular disease with no present cure or effective treatment.

She used a feeding tube to eat, and communicated with the use of a computer, either with a gyroscopic mouse or the blinking of her eyes.

Fortunately, her mind, spirit, and sense of humor seemed relatively unaffected, as those who had visited can attest. 

Scroll down to hear a 9-minute audio by Bryna before she lost her voice. It's about her attitude toward receiving a terminal medical prognosis.

Our hope was for Bryna to survive long enough for a cure to be found. While our miracle didn't manifest, she is definitely in a better place. I'm confident, also, that a cure will be found so that others, patients and caregivers,  will not have to suffer from this terrible disease.

With help from hospice, I did everything I could to fulfill her wish to spend however much time she had left in our home with me as her caregiver.

While stressful and frustrating at times, the spiritual nourishment I received for caring for Bryna made it easy to do my job both willingly and lovingly.

To help fund research to find a cure or effective treatment for ALS and MD (Muscular Dystrophy), donate here at GoFundMe.

You also can help, non-monetarily, by simply sharing our story through social media, and, if able, by putting us in contact with whomever you may know who can provide print or air time.

If interested in informative and enlightening details, view In Pursuit of a Miracle, at the top the page. We hope you find it not at all sad or depressing, but instead, very positive and uplifting.

Happy viewing.

Appreciatively yours,

Mel Solon

 Bryna's introduction to The Mighty Mind Expander (before she lost her voice). 

PPS. The Mighty Mind Expander video below is our gift to you for visiting our site and/or donating to our cause.

The Mighty Mind Expander is a unique, mind-expanding, thinking experience. This 90-minute audio seminar, in 5-segments, promises to help you develop your psychological resilience, reduce stress, achieve premeditated happiness, and become more of the person you idealize yourself to be.

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