Saturday, August 30, 2008

Moving A Long

It's been awhile since I have had the time to add information to this blog, and part of that has to do with a recent move and job change. For the past three years my wife and I have been helping family members with their businesses. About 4 months ago we decided to follow our hearts and go back into full-time ministry work. We have always loved to work with teenagers and are now full-time houseparents working at a children's home.

This move concerned us since we were moving from West Texas to the arid desert climate of Albuquerque, NM. What we have noticed since moving to NM is that my wife's health is improving daily. She has been more physically active, lost more weight, had less allergy issues and has just been more healthy since moving. Our job requires us to live and take care for as many as seven kids at any one time. We have already had kids ranging from 6 yrs old to 16 yrs old, which puts a lot of pressure on us both physically and emotionally. My wife has handled it with flying colors.

I have become a true believer that your environment plays a huge role in the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. I can't pinpoint any exact thing, but we have lived in a lot of different places and we have seen very different reactions to the different climates and areas. Right now, my wife feels better than she has in a long time. It was about a year ago that we were forced to move from Midland, TX because her health had progressively gotten worse around the oil field. Even with the stress of two moves, changing careers, living with six children's home kiddos full-time and all of the other stresses we have been through, her health is improving.

My family says we should start a moving company named "Moving A Long" since our last name is Long. We have moved a lot since we married, but I don't regret a single one. Through those moves, we have learned more and more about Multiple Sclerosis, and we are better for it. We hope we have found a home for awhile in Albuquerque and look forward to the challenges and triumphs the new job and new place will bring.

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