My Walking Miracle!!!

My Walking Miracle!

My daddy Ernie Hagenston is literally my walking miracle. He has survived the odds time and time again.
In the late months of 1993 my father was diagnosed with Non hodkins limphoma, a cancer affecting the limph nodes in the body. At this time I was 5 years old my older sister was 11 and my younger sister was due in April of the following year. At the age of 40 years old my father feared for his life. He underwent a stem cell transplant and many months of kemo therapy in Syracuse and miraculously cured his cancer, but he was not out of the water yet. Soon after, he was diagnosed with diabetes and congestive heart failure/ Heart disease. He has underwent a quadruple, triple and single bipass over the years. In 2003 my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. My father has always been a very happy person he laughs tells his famous jokes and loves to just make others happy. After finding out about the Parkinson's my once happy optimistic father was losing hope. He has always dreamed to walk his 3 daughters down the asile and hold his grandchildren in his arms, yet he began to believe that It may only be a dream. My father is now 55 years old and the disease is taking its toll. It breaks my heart to visit because I see a once fully capeable man struggling to even walk. My dad is the most important man in my life he would lay down his life for me and has shown nothing but love and guidence to his 3 daughters since the day we were born. I have currently began my degree as a nurse to help people like my father regain that much needed hope. My older sister is a Chiropractor and my younger sister gets straight A's in high school. He has raised 3 wonderful girls that will always value life and live it to the fullest everyday because you never know when a life altering diagnoses will take place. My father deserves to win this contest because he not only is the best father anyone could ask for but he is the strongest and most courageous man I know. Even through Cancer, Diabetes, Total knee replacements, Open Heart surgury and Parkingson's Disease he still smiles, laughs and upholds a very optimistic attitude! In his words "I'm not getting jiggy with it, I just have Parkinson's."
Thank you for considering my walking miracle!!!

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Nancy Nier says ... on Thursday, Jun 11 at 8:04 PM

You are so right you have a great Dad.

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Doris Hagenston says ... on Wednesday, Jun 17 at 6:36 PM

He is the best!

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