Today I’m talking with Jennifer Gray in Newton, Tennessee.
Jennifer, I’ve met many Callaways in Newton. Are you a member of that family?
No, ma’am. Well, in a way, I guess I am. My mother’s sister married Jim Callaway so I call him Uncle Jim. My daddy and Uncle Jim have been best friend since forever.
Interesting. So it seems this town is full of Callaways, one way or another. Have you lived here in Newton all your life?
Yes, I have. I’m a senior in high school.
What are your plans after high school?
I want to go to college. My brother Art is two years older than me and he’s already in college. He goes to Vickers where they let him work on campus to help pay his way there. I want to do the same. That way I can help Mother and Daddy with the expenses of college.
That’s very thoughtful of you and your brother. Do you know what you want to study?
No, ma’am, not yet.
Is Vickers close enough so you can stay at home?
Yes, it is. And by staying at home, I can be there when Mother might need me.
Is your mother sick?
Yes, she’s pretty sick. She has a brain disease and it’s doing all kinds of things to her body. She loses her balance a lot and falls every now and then. We all three help her as much as we can.
I’m sorry to hear that. How long do you think she’ll take to get well?
She won’t get well. The doctor said the brain disease is progressive and terminal. There’s no cure for it. There’s such a small number who have this disease—I guess that’s why they aren’t doing much research for a cure.
That sounds really rough—on your mother and then your daddy, brother, and you. Many people don’t think of the caregivers as having almost as a rough time as the sick one. I do pray that God will give your family His strength and courage as you work through this disease.
Thank you, ma’am.
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