"The Long Road"
For most of us life carries on day to day with the usual life concerns, which is exactly how we like it. For some of our Brethren, that unfortunately isn't a luxury they get to enjoy, as they are saddled with concerns for their health.
One such Brother, for so many years dealt with the effect of diabetes, not completely acknowledging its attendance and attempting to make the best of an unfortunate situation. He didn't complain much but we could see it was having an impact, and eventually would result in his withdrawal as a DDGM candidate to represent our lodge.
Bob is afflicted with diabetes and as a result of this horrible long term illness, has suffered the devastating loss of both legs, something that is difficult for anyone of us who know him, to comprehend. Nevertheless he carries on, with his wife Tonie by his side, recently moving from a conventional home in Hamilton to a condo in Kitchener to be closer to the family.
I'm writing this story because we don't live in somebody else's shoes, it's impossible to comprehend how you or I would deal with the loss of one leg, never mind both. When you know someone and to see what they have endured, it makes me and I hope you, realize not only how fortunate we are, but what our responsibility is to our Brother to let him know he isn't forgotten, just because he can't get to lodge.
The attached photo is of the Worshipful Master of The Lodge of Strict Observance No. 27, Tariq Qurashi along with Lee Sutherland of Union Lodge No. 7 and his wife Lynn, visiting Bob Naylor and Tonie in Kitchener. Lee has been a tremendous friend to Bob from the start of this journey, and on behalf of Strict would like to convey our heartfelt appreciation for everything he has done on our behalf. We can all learn from Lee's compassion and generosity of his time for a brother in another lodge.
Bob & Tonie are doing as well as we might expect, given the adjustments he needs to make each and every day, moving forward. We wish him well and rest assured, he is not forgotten.