A Grandmother’s Heartache
Have you heard the crying in anguish
From a child whose legs felt lame?
Have you told them it surely will pass soon,
It’s only her growing pains?
Have you seen a teen on the mound
Destined that softball to send
Only to watch her elbow
Unable to make the bend?
Have you watched the tears as they flow down
Her face, full of sadness and fear:
Have you cringed as she tumbles over
While the reason still seems so unclear?
Do you watch as she picks up the pieces
And places a smile on her face
Only to see the leg pain
Determined that smile to erase?
Have you held a hand as it readies
To inject the drug of the week?
Are you tongue tied and fighting to hold back,
Unable to breathe or to speak?
And when flares made her body immobile
And the pain in her spine was so high
That you carried her into the E.R.,
Did you also break down and cry?
Do you hate Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Do you pray every day for a cure?
Do you hurt for the thousands of people
Whom this horrible disease must endure?
~ Luanne Fekken, grandmother to Shayna Elizabeth Riddle (A.S. Face #1589)