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ALS is the disease that causes progressive degeneration of the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Without nervous stimulation muscles get weaker. I met Debbie about two months after she was diagnosed. She was one of the approximately 6000 people diagnosed in 2015. She knew that the disease would progress but she took on each challenge with courage and dignity with family and friends at her side.
She never lost her sense of humor. Her mind and spirit remained strong.

I got a message at the end of the summer that more help was needed at home. I wanted to know what had changed. Her friends from school who had been helping her had to go back to work. Those are some awesome coworkers.

I had the opportunity to visit her at home on several occasions. I was always greeted by Louie the big beautiful dog and I always felt a sense of love, calm and peace when I entered the home. We often had serious issues to discuss but we also had some fun conversation. If I mentioned her former students it would always put a smile on her face. My niece Ellie tells me that Debbie was her favorite teacher.

During one visit I made a comment to Debbie that she was very fortunate to have married such a great nurse and caretaker. Debbie and Jim both smiled and it was obvious that this is an issue that had been discussed previously. Jim stated that they both agreed that if rolls were reversed that he would probably be getting better care. I have had the chance to observe many people over the years being taken care of at home. I have never seen a husband take better care of his wife.

During another recent visit, Debbie was in the recliner and she was trying hard to communicate something that was very important to her. It was like a very serious game of charades and 4 ladies were trying to figure it out. Dottie finally determined that Debbie just wanted a hug. When she was asked by whom she replied everyone.

The last thing that I want to say to Jim, family members, friends and caretakers is job well done. It was an honor for me to be part of this journey.

Brian Cassetta
February 18, 2017
im so sorry for your loss. mrs.wright was a great teacher and she always supported me because she new i could do great things. ill always keep her in my heart.