It is with a very heavy heart that I write this today. WWMG member and amazing MG warrior, Wendy Wyatt passed on yesterday.
Wendy was possibly the strongest MG warrior I ever met. Wendy has been my friend for years and she just never gave up. She fought battle after battle all while living alone and facing every bit of resistance you can possibly imagine from the medical community that had long since turned it’s back on helping her.
The truth is that even though she told us her passing was coming soon and gave us all the chance to speak to her and say goodbye in our own ways, she had survived so much, that there was this part of me that finds it hard to believe that Wendy is gone. I think we all just had this hope that Wendy would somehow rally again. But the truth is that medical neglect had left Wendy in a position where she had been suffering for a long time. I am grateful that she is no longer suffering and she is at peace.
I would hope that people would take the time to read Wendy’s blog and get to know this wonderful woman.
I would hope that the world would learn something from this. Learn that ALL life is valuable and that people shouldn’t be discarded just because they are chronically ill. It is a disgrace how we care for our disabled in many parts of this country, an absolute disgrace. Wendy and I often bonded over our mutual experiences with being denied medical care because our government had decided it was more cost effective to just let us die. “Death panels” are real and are happening every single day in this country while the healthy turn a blind eye.
If you feel that this is the wrong place for me to get on that “soapbox” and rally others to care more, invest more, and spend more time caring about what happens to the disabled…. well… then you didn’t know Wendy very well! 😉 Because Wendy was all about advocating for change.
Wendy was a woman of strong faith and strong spirit. She loved the outdoors and loved to talk about the times when she was able to do more. But even in her weakened state she worked hard to be useful to others and was active in our support group helping others who needed support and advice. She didn’t waste her time in this world. The medical community may not have seen Wendy’s value as a person, our government may not have seen Wendy’s value as a person as they repeatedly denied her life-sustaining care. But we did. We saw Wendy’s value and she saw ours.
I hope we meet again someday, on the other side, Wendy. I picture us barefoot and dancing. Free from MG and free from pain.
Until then, the rest of us will carry on the fight.
We love you, Wendy!
Words cannot express how much you will be missed!
founder and director of WWMG