Her two sons had a rare disease. After their deaths, she left the how to get rid of ants in my house naturally Air Force to become a nurse. – Veterans – Stripes

“the biggest thing I’ve learned is that you have no idea what someone’s going through when you see them walking down the how to get rid of ants in my house naturally street. You just have no idea,” she said. “and I really would like to try to be able how to get rid of ants in my house naturally to make a difference for people like us.”

Kathy, 46, met her husband, mike, in 1995 while they were stationed at ramstein air base how to get rid of ants in my house naturally in germany. They married the next year and bounced around the country, working as intelligence analysts before landing in bristow, va., about 40 miles outside washington.

Alex started behaving strangely at the hospital. He wouldn’t sit in a wheelchair nor allow anyone to touch how to get rid of ants in my house naturally him. When given a drug to reduce anxiety, he only became more agitated, tried to pull out his IV and picked nonexistent ants how to get rid of ants in my house naturally off his body.

An MRI showed alex had lesions on his brain and how to get rid of ants in my house naturally a blood test confirmed a diagnosis of adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). The degenerative disease, which often strikes boys between ages 4 and 10, causes the brain’s nerve cells to lose their myelin sheaths, leading to blindness, deafness and an inability to speak. Death often follows within five years of a diagnosis.

The first stop was the university of minnesota, where wales learned alex could get a bone-marrow transplant that might halt the disease’s progress. One candidate for the donation was zach wales, alex’s older brother — but, in a macabre twist, testing showed zach also had ALD.

The gear to keep alex alive came with a cost. Kathy wales struggled for three years to secure medicaid and how to get rid of ants in my house naturally battled insurers over payments. She searched for teenager-size diapers — alex couldn’t fit in diapers for young children or adults — and bought a custom wheelchair part by part, only to learn her insurance company wouldn’t reimburse her for the wheels.

Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “dash” jamieson, the air force’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence who has known how to get rid of ants in my house naturally kathy wales for more than 20 years, said the family’s home was a regular spot for parties and backyard how to get rid of ants in my house naturally barbecues. She said alex was always included in activities despite his how to get rid of ants in my house naturally illness.

“one of the most amazing things during alex’s deterioration of health was kathy’s ability to be the mom that created the house how to get rid of ants in my house naturally that every kid in the neighborhood — every kid in the school — wanted to be at,” jamieson said. “it was a lighthouse.”

“we knew going in that there was no grand outcome how to get rid of ants in my house naturally at the end of this road,” mike wales said. “we were fighting to keep him around — to let him have a quality of life that was how to get rid of ants in my house naturally as good as we could give him. It went from six months to him being here with how to get rid of ants in my house naturally us for seven more years.”

In february 2017, five months after alex’s death, kathy wales started an accelerated nursing program at east coast how to get rid of ants in my house naturally polytechnic institute’s campus in manassas, va. The program packed a lot into 18 months — anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pediatrics and nutrition. Kathy thought she could handle it. After all, she’d been through the air force.

It happened on an otherwise “normal day,” kathy wales said. Zach wales had come home from his apprenticeship as an how to get rid of ants in my house naturally electrician. He was going to go out with his girlfriend. He had ordered parts for his pride and joy — a big, black, dodge truck — and had made an appointment to have a tattoo filled how to get rid of ants in my house naturally in.

The family searched for reasons. Zach wales’ brother had died months earlier of a disease that could how to get rid of ants in my house naturally affect him at any time. He had been in counseling, but stopped going when he turned 18, choosing consultations with the family’s pastor. Whether his final act was the result of a bad how to get rid of ants in my house naturally relationship, grief or guilt, the result was the same. Both boys were gone.

“there are no words to describe what you feel and how to get rid of ants in my house naturally the just overwhelming loss and grief and hopelessness that you how to get rid of ants in my house naturally feel,” mike wales said. “you have a future that you think is set. You look out in a year and you see your how to get rid of ants in my house naturally son’s career and family and kids and grandkids and things how to get rid of ants in my house naturally like that, and the natural progression of things is interrupted, erased completely.”

After a three-month break from school, kathy wales did what she had always done: she came back. On june 3, she will begin as a nurse in the behavioral mental how to get rid of ants in my house naturally health program at the novant health UVA prince william medical how to get rid of ants in my house naturally center in manassas. At her pinning ceremony — an age-old tradition for new nurses in which they receive pins how to get rid of ants in my house naturally from veteran nurses — kamara did the honors.

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