A.S. Face 1002: Michael Lemieux

Face 1002

Face 1002a

Face 1002bMy name is Michael Lemieux.

I’m almost 50. I’ve been disabled for 11 yrs now. Symptoms I realized started when I was a kid. About 30 yrs of age AS kicked into overdrive. I stepped on a coathanger and got a staph infection. That’s what turned the AS on high. My hips, lower lumbar and neck are fused. My lord the pain is hard to deal with sometimes. My knees are locking up on me now. I’m getting Uflexxa injections this week. Hoping it helps me. I am an excutive chef. Made a great living cooking. Now there’s no way I could stand all day doing that anymore. I miss terribly.  I do anything to go back to the kitchen again. Fate has taking me in a different direction. As crazy as it seems AS made me a better person. I now realize how special life is and have been humbled more than I was ready for. I was a tough guy to work for. I had a stanard to keep. I wasn’t an ass. But I did expect things to be done the right way. Now I have come to realize what the meaning of life is all about. It’s not money, fame, power or anything like that. Its all about love. Simple – end of story. People don’t die wishing they worked more. They wish they were loved and that they loved enough. I’m  a father of 2 and 2. The girls are older.. the boys are younger. We are now at this moment starting the emptynest life at home. Our youngest just left for college. Just my wife and I are home now. She works 12 / 14 hr days. Just me and the dog are home during the day. We have 2 grandchildren. 1 of each. Collin was born premy. 1 lb 14 oz. He is now 2 and amazing. Then his little sis is a yr old. Our Icing on the cake. So far I recommend it. If having grandkids was like this, we would of had them first. We are truly blessed. AS has been a road I didn’t want to drive on. I’ve learned more than my doctors. First dr. though it was all in my head. If I could make this stuff up. I stay positive. What would bitching do? I enjoy life. I am blessed with a great family. I have many life long friends. Plus I try to give what I need returned. Helping people always comes back to ya. It pays to be kind. So we pay it forward if we get an abundance, we share. Like I said it’s all about Love. AS taught me that.  That’s the story of my life.
God Bless, Mike

Picture of my wife Sheila and I with our grandchildren Collin and Delaney

New Hampshire, United States of America

6 Responses to “A.S. Face 1002: Michael Lemieux”

  1. Dear Michael,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Well I finished getting the series of injections. I was told that they should lossen things up and dull some of the pain starting in 2 weeks to 2 months. I pray there is some kind of relief.
    Oct 18th we fly down to Tampa for our daughters wedding. I’m hoping the long flight doesnt lock me up. I can’t stay in one position for to long. Wish me luck. Well Thank you Cookie for your hard work setting all this up. I see it is a labor of love. God Bless, Mike

  3. G’day Mike, Thanks for sharing. Love the tin mn pic, it sums up how a lot of us feel perfectly. Cheers mate, Rick

  4. Your story brought tears to my eyes because I feel the same way about life now. It is sad to me that it took this disease to make me actually look at life differently. I wouldn’t say that I was a bad person, but everything is so much more now. I envy the fact that you are a chef. That is what I would love to do! Cooking amazing food and making people smile and rave about it brings me so much happiness.
    It is true with us AS’ers that we know so much more than our doctors. I diagnosed myself basically. Along with the AS I also have fibro and two bulging disk in my neck. No one will ever understand what we go through.
    I wish you the best of luck. You have a lovely story and family!

  5. Thank you Rick. Ya the story of my life. I can imagine it’s the story of most people here. Do you have a number on here? Well TY for checking my post out. God bless, Mike

  6. G’day Mike, I’m 604. Cheers, Rick

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