The cornflower, a native annual/ biennial plant from Mediterranean Europe, represents positive hope for the future; it is a humble reminder of nature's simple beauty and the fullness of life's cycle. The blue cornflower is to ALS what the daffodil is to cancer....they are the "flower of hope" for both diseases.
The blue cornflower plant is a very courageous plant - being able to stand against all the elements of nature (something many other plants cannot do) and the flower, with its star-like blossoms of brilliant blue, is one of our most striking wild-flowers. When you relate this to people with ALS, you can see that they have to also show courage, something that is not always easy, and strength of character to cope with the devastating changes that occur to the muscles in their bodies.
The blue cornflower was chosen to symbolize ALS, as it hardy despite its fragile appearance. It is also long lasting, and grows in most locations in Canada. As the blue cornflower is planted, awareness of ALS grows along with it across the country.
This year there are 85 Walks taking place across Canada... Some people walk to honor, others walk in memory. Come show your support at the 2014 Walk - do it for a friend, a neighbor or a loved one - and help us move together towards hope.
-Lisa Brianne Lauzier
It has been amazing reconnecting with old friends who have been so thoughtful and generous.
Still looking for people who want to join my team and/or help me reach my goal! It feels good to give back, ALS Canada and the ALS clinic at the Ottawa Hospital have been so wonderful and helpful in getting me the equipment I need. They are going above and beyond as you can see by my transport chairs. I now have two! One is a 2 in 1 walker/wheelchair which we will be bringing on our cruise tomorrow! It is fantastic as I still want to walk whenever I can but sometimes I "crash" which means that my physical and emotional energy quits on me. With the 2 in 1 I can go on excursions, walk around with stability and rest when I need to. The other chair is more permanent and great for going out for the day at home with Travis, like walks in the park, etc. It has a more comfortable back as well as armrests. It's so weird to me to be talking so matter-of-factly about wheelchairs as when I was first diagnosed being in a wheelchair was a "worst case scenario", amazing how quickly the human body/psyche adapts to circumstances.
While we're away we will be having another Open House, we've just dropped the price again on our Condo, it is heartbreaking that our beautiful home won't sell, hopefully the weather will get better and the traffic will increase. Great to have a vacation from stress, we'll leave it all behind, when on the open waters of the Med.