Washington, District of Columbia
What makes your DSP a hero in your community?
My DSP is an amazing person! She is selfless and looks out for the well-being of others. With her help, I’ve been able to get the care my previous primary doctor did not provide for me (like a heart test, colonoscopy, hearing, and the list goes on and on). Since she has been my DSP, I feel safe with her decisions, help, and guidance. My wife calls her my mother because I wholeheartedly trust her decisions. She has been very diligent in learning about my medical conditions and the medication required to maintain my well-being. She is a very hard worker even though she has her own family. In her community, she started a women’s organization to empower women to get back to their authentic selves, and she does this for free. Also, she retired from the military with over 22 years of faithful service. She is a leader!
How does your DSP improve your quality of life?
My DSP is also my daughter, and she is such a special person because she gives so much of herself to make sure I am well. As a father, I did my best in raising my two children, but she always had a beautiful light that shined around her. I cannot take credit for the outcome because I did not always do what I needed to do, but she took what I planted in her and grew into a virtuous woman.
At an early age, I was drafted into the Army and deployed to the Vietnam War. My return home was not without challenges because I was full of anger, an alcoholic, and a smoker. I’ve learned my issue wasn’t anger. It is now diagnosed as PTSD. I vented my frustrations towards my family and was not easy to live with. When I look at her now, I am so thankful for God’s grace and mercy that He touched her heart to forgive me. I believe my health would be worse if she hadn’t stepped in to help me. That is why I am nominating my daughter for the DSP Hero Showcase. DSPs are so special because they have families and other things to do, and on top of it all, they care for those in need.
How has she been a service to me?
She is very innovative because she has created ways for me to exercise and safely take showers.
Example 1: She started with me walking in the house two times back and forth and gradually increased it. After we got to a certain point, she shifted me to walking outdoors, in the parks, up the stairs, etc. This was simply amazing because I’d gotten to the point of being afraid to go outdoors due to health issues. Every step of the way, she manages to get what I need, when I need it.
Example 2: I used to be afraid to bathe and shower. With her innovation, I can bathe, with help, but I am not fearful like before and I feel like a million bucks every time she helps me. She put a shower chair in the shower for balance, replaced the shower head with one that extends, disinfected my rollator, and placed it in the bathroom to allow me to sit while I prepare to shower.