Dr. Josh Wandell on life 3 years after ALS diagnosis
July 23, 2016 - als
ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) — This past weekend, runners from around a universe raced by a streets of Kingsport in a Crazy 8’s highway race, a long-time tradition during FunFest.
FunFest respected Dr. Josh Wandell as a titular Crazy 8’s torchbearer, a avocation he carried out in a specifically designed racing wheelchair.
Since his diagnosis 3 years ago, Wandell has led a unequivocally open quarrel opposite ALS also famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
WATCH [BELOW]: News Channel 11’s initial news on Dr. Wandell in Aug 2013
The former contestant and facile propagandize principal pronounced from a start he designed to conflict a lethal illness with a sign “Faith Over Fear”, and his story has desirous people around a country.
“I’m perplexing to be still and to watch God, not usually broach me though to broach my family, my friends, and this community,” Wandell told News Channel 11’s Josh Smith in Aug 2013. “Let them see Him work a spectacle whatever that might be. And that might not be restorative me from this disease.”
Three years later, ALS has attacked Dr. Wandell of his career. He was forced to retire final year. It’s attacked him of his ability to travel and speak. A caregiver contingency lift him when he wants to get out of his wheelchair. Wandell’s usually approach of communicating is to appropriate his finger over his phone to text.
Recently, Dr. Wandell spoke with News Channel 11 regulating his finger to appropriate opposite his dungeon phone to answer questions.
We asked him how his family is coping 3 years after his diagnosis.
“My mother and we – a wish is stronger than a fear,” Dr. Wandell said. “We have other skeleton for a family. We devise on stomping a feet, clapping a hands, and screaming from a tip of a lungs until someone comes adult with a treatment. We devise to continue vital like a normal family; carrying cookouts, going to a movies, doing task together, and shouting so tough a courage hurt.”
While a years have taken a fee on his body, ALS hasn’t disrupted his faith. “People gloat on my strength and determination,” he texted. “It’s not me during all. I’m unequivocally diseased minded. The Lord is how I’m able.”
Community support continues to sustains a Wandell family as a cost of diagnosis and around-the-clock caring continues to grow, something that apparently weighs on Dr. Wandell. He told us, “Our caregiver bills are some-more than what Tab brings home. This village ancillary us is how we make it. This village praying for us and God providing – that’s how we make it.”
“Team Wandell” shaped helped lift income and lift ALS awareness. They’ll reason a annual Race For Wandell in September.
Since his diagnosis, Dr. Wandell has taken partial in other highway races. On Jul 15th, he was a torchbearer in a Crazy 8’s Road Race in Kingsport.
WATCH: Video done by “Team Wandell” of Josh Wandell in a Crazy 8’s Race.
Why does he race?
“Selfishly, we do it since we adore to compete,” Wandell said. “Also we wish everyone, generally my kids during East Side Elementary School to see – we never give up. This is my witness. we get opportunities to share my faith.”
What’s a hardest partial during this point?
“The hardest thing for me is ALS has attacked my mother from me and incited her into my caregiver. ALS attacked me from doing things we suffer with my kids like swimming, sharpened ball, stealing Christmas gifts, singing to a tip of a lungs together, dancing, using and personification with my kids. ALS keeps me from interacting with people we adore in a approach that we adore – TALKING. ALS stole my dream job, stole my dream wife. I was during a top indicate in my life, BUT I’m spiritually stronger than I’ve ever been and some-more during assent than ever. Ironic, huh?
What does he contend to people who can’t trust in a God that allows a terrible illness like ALS?
“We offer a God who is just,” he texted, swiping his finger opposite his phone. “He’s a same God that sanctified me with my mother and kids, a same God who landed me my dream job, a same God who brought me out of a crummy childhood. The assent and fun we hopefully see on my face shows that God.”
Wandell pronounced he hopes people don’t mistake him for a saint. “Make no mistake – my life…. a life is unequivocally hard. Very scary. Very emotional. We onslaught each day. We have many many valleys,” he said.
Near a finish of a interview, Dr. Wandell texted what seemed like bottom-line thoughts.
“We are all terminal. We are all dying, and unless Jesus earnings first, we will all die. we inspire everybody to put your wish and faith in something that will last.”
“The usually thing we know of for certain that never fails, never goes away, never dies, never leaves me rubbish – that’s Jesus Christ.”
“Don’t rubbish your time here on earth posterior things that won’t final instead, what we were put on this earth to do. Be a dominion builder for Christ.”
“When we learn how to die, that’s when we truly live.”
“To live is Christ. To die is gain. NOW we unequivocally trust that.”
“I don’t know how anyone with ALS can make it but a adore and support from an whole community. The financial aria on your family not to discuss a earthy and romantic aria is strenuous during times. we theory that’s since each 90 mins someone with ALS dies.”
“I feel like we have to quarrel this illness since there are too many people examination and praying for me. And we meant that. And a family is very, unequivocally sanctified and thankful.”
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