–By Mindy Irish
I was able to catch up with Bev recently and we realized just how close we actually are to the 2017 annual event! It’s just six months away!
Bev just returned from what she calls a “Bucket List” trip to Aruba with her friends Cecilia, Molly and Debby! She had a great time and her favorite parts of the trip were down times around the pool relaxing in the sun, creating memories, shopping and having NO agenda! Hurricane Mathew made an appearance and did interfere with some of the timing of their travels, but they conquered the storm and did not let it get in the way of their fun and their joy for having a great time!
So what is new with Bev these days? She has a driver three days a week who comes in to take her about to appointments and grocery shopping from 10AM to 3PM on those days. She also has morning and evening help most weekdays to help with her and the kids, but they so desire to have their list of assistants be longer!
She reports that she is falling more and is more unstable, in fact she told us during the interview that she took a fall when all alone in the morning, but was able to recover on her own. Still, her demeanor about all this is so very positive and she won’t let it stop her from having a fantastic day! She is happy to say she is sleeping wonderfully and is so grateful for being able to get restorative sleep and rest at night, often quite the opposite of what the doctors say to expect with this disease. Her medicine is all still the same and they can only still treat the symptoms, as we all know, there is no cure for this disease.
What are the needs of Bev and the Hartig family at this time? The Hartigs are in a big search with a few Au Pair companies to hire someone to live within the home to help them daily ongoing. Additionally, they need more weekend help and more assitance for after school a few times a week, as it really is a two-person job to care for the needs of Bev and the children when Bob is working and traveling. They ask that if you do know of anyone who has interest in these positions, please put them in touch with Bob Hartig!
Bev with Ms. Pam, her long-time friend and daily care giver!
Bev also requests the help of any gal who would want to come over from time to time to help her with projects around the home. She wants to get some organization complete, some pictures transferred over, and tie up several projects with loose ends. She also says a lunch date out is always part of the plan, too!
One of the most exciting events is that Bob and Bev celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary on October 12th. They plan to get out on the town to enjoy a nice meal together. What a gift time is!
SAVE THE DATE: The eighth annual Bev Hartig Huntington’s Disease Foundation fundraiser will be Saturday, April 29, 2017. We are in process of finalizing the location and theme details and the committee will meet monthly from now until then to plan and strategize for the festivities.
We tied up our meeting with Bev just as her driver arrived to pick her up. She had an appointment to attend and a lunch date to make, so she was off and out the door. Bev lives each and every day as we all should….with gusto and gratitude. She leaves no stone unturned!
Bev out with friends celebrating Bob’s 50th birthday!
Stay tuned every couple of months as we update on Bev’s life as an Overcomer, living for the purpose of using her story to impact and change lives for the future! If you desire to contact her, you can reach out to her on Facebook HERE or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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