My name is Ashleigh Young. I was10 years old when I found out my mom was diagnosed with a disease. I’d always heard of cancer but MS was something foreign. I didn’t know if she was going to be ok or if she was about to be taken away from me at such an early age. It was a very hard time for me.
My mom traveled a lot working in a very stressful job, so in a sense, we always knew God gave her this time to be still and smell the flowers.
Over the years I have watched my mom and have seen a woman who loves life, loves people, and sees the positive about everything. She always taught me, “The power of your words are stronger than you can imagine. Be positive and positivity will surround you. Be negative and only negativity will enter your life.” To see my mom sometimes not able to get out of bed and singing, LOUD I might add, “It’s a great day to be alive!” or her favorite, “HALLELUJAH!” shows me how strong and positive she is!. Whenever I ask my mom how she is doing she always tells me she is doing great. Sometimes I think to myself, why won’t she just tell me the truth. But the truth is, she really is doing great! Yes, she is in pain.]Yes, things are difficult for her and yes, sometimes I know she wants to scream and throw things but she always turns the negative into good. She sings instead of yelling, Laughs instead of crying. Or, laughs till she cries and takes the challenges of her position and overcomes them. My mom is the definition of a super hero. She is strong in every way.
Kym Vangundy Young was diagnosed in 2004 with Multiple Sclerosis. After two year of denial, thinking life was over due to the negativity of several doctors, Kym began seeing Dr. Christopher Laganke, a world renown MS specialist in Cullman, AL. With his expert treatment, care and guidance, Kym began to see her life in a new light. He gave her the confidence she needed to fight this disease. Most importantly, he gave her hope.
Kym lives in Gordo, Alabama with her husband Rick. Her daughter,r Ashleigh is 21 and her son, Jerrand is 23.
Kym says, “MS can make or break a family. It has been the worst and the best thing in my life. I have been so blessed by my children. Honestly, they have raised me just as I raised them. My kids are grown and have moved out of the house. Recently, I received a call from one of them thanking ME for being their mom and telling me, “Peace Out with love!” No greater words could have ever been spoken to me from one of my children. Well, except if they promise me to work harder at yoga and meditation.”