And about grandson Kaleb, specifically: “Look at that 16-year-old hold his grandma upright to hug her. He gave me the strength to stand!”
Though it sounds like a metaphor penned by a doting grandmother, Linda means it quite literally. Fifteen years ago, she didn’t need help standing, walking five miles a day, doing pilates, or crafting cheeky decor for Richard’s man cave. But gradually, her muscles weakened, she had a few falls, and stairs became a struggle. Her increasing symptoms pointed to multiple sclerosis, maybe ALS, but testing revealed Linda had inclusion body myositis, a progressive, inflammatory muscle disease.