I imagine seeing his future, taking his kids to a game at Cal Berkeley where we both played.
I imagine seeing his job as a firemen becoming a lifelong family and the career he hoped.
I imagine being there for when he and his wife celebrate their 25th anniversary and not just their first.
I imagine taking a walk with him around a house that has since become his home.
I imagine him teaching my kids about how great of a big brother I was and reminiscing with him about a simpler time.
Then I wake up from these dreams and the nightmare has just begun.
When you are diagnosed with ALS you are forced to see the future before you and realize that all your dreams have vanished. That each day you must appreciate a basic skill before it has been taken from you. Life expectancy is 2-5 years and paralysis comes much sooner.
Why does it happen?
We are still at the infancy of understanding this disease and there has not been any definitive cause. Can some point to the game of football with claims of cause, sure. But reality is, all you will be doing is grasping for an answer.
An answer that will never come.
I know my brother, I know he is a fighter and know he will bite his lip and fight!
As he sits up in the doctors chair, he asked “How do I fight it?”
That is where the nightmare takes hold. Because there is even less answers to this question than the one of cause.
As an athlete you want a game plan, as a firemen you want a protocol, as a human you want hope! But right now all I can do is look at him and pray.
Pray that he will be spared.
Pray that he will enjoy each day
Pray that he will know I will love him through all this.
Today, I have no answer to WHY it happens or WHAT to do, but I do have an answer for HOW you and I can help!
According to HuffPost.com, “ALS is a very expensive disease, costing patients an estimated $300,000 a year. The majority of patients bankrupt their families with the costs, and an even larger number simply can’t afford the cost to stay alive, so they don’t. Can you imagine - having to stop BEING ALIVE because it’s too expensive?”
All proceeds will go towards Eric’s treatment and care and will help raise awareness of ALS.
We are so grateful for everyone’s continued support.
The Stevens Family
Learn more about Eric and his Battle to #axeALS at his Facebook page, Team Stevens Nation.