Before being diagnosed with ALS, I worked as a construction worker. I loved body building, playing football, and playing basketball. My favorite thing to do was grilling. I consider myself a romantic, I loved to surprise my wife with a romantic night out. I wouldn’t make it without my beautiful, amazing, dedicated wife and friend. When I look at her, I know without a doubt that God really loves me because he gave me Consuelo Middlebrooks. We have five beautiful daughters who are my reason to fight with all my might to live a long life, I want to see them get married and have successful careers.
July 9, 2013 is a day that I will never forget. I wanted this to be a bad dream. I really did not want this to be true. All I could think about in that moment was my girls. How was I going to tell them that I was diagnosed with ALS? How was I going to tell them that ALS will eventually take me out of their lives? They depended on me to be at recitals, track meets, choir concerts, and to help them with their homework. To think that I would soon not be able to do these things was heartbreaking. I was the provider and now my wife would have to shoulder that burden. I knew then there would come a day I would not be able to come through the door, scoop my wife up in my arms, and hear her say, “Honey, please don’t drop me.”
The most important thing I’ve gained from caring for my husband is embracing every moment, the good, bad and ugly, Life is so precious, and things change in the twinkle of an eye. I have been somewhat of a caregiver for much of my life. At a young age, I cared for my mother and my grandparents due to cancer and Alzheimer’s. After being a homemaker for many years I decided to go to school and receive BS in education. This passion for teacher was fueled by an after-school program where I volunteered. I started my dream job August 2012 and received a leadership reward my first year of teaching.