Patient Stories

My Dad is My Hero

Every day I am grateful! Why? Because I still have my dad! My dad is my hero, my best friend, my conscience, and most importantly one of my main supporters in life.

My life has been a roller coaster and when my dad was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome in 2017, I thought I would lose him.

January 24, 2017 started this new chapter in life for my dad. That morning he was unable to walk on his own and needed assistance from my brother. By the evening in the ER he needed help doing everything and had a shallow voice like a whisper. Two days later on the 26th, it was confirmed that he had GBS and needed to be moved to the ICU, if not he wouldn’t have made it through the night.

At the time I was pregnant and was high risk if I were to continue with the pregnancy. When I found out the previous December, my dad made me promise to take care of myself no matter what because he couldn’t lose me. Right before they moved him to the ICU, I made him promise he would fight whatever this was because I couldn’t do life without him.

Fast forward to now, my dad is a GBS survivor of 6 years and more to come! My dad has been the GBS/CIDP walk and roll chairman for the Fresno/Clovis area for the past 5 years. His goal was to bring awareness, help educate others, and be able to support others to the best of his ability. He has done just that and more by bring the community together! Something that is said to be so rare yet so many people have reached out to him just in our area. This is why he is my hero! He is willing to put others first, help them, and he isn’t even fully recovered himself. He motivates me to be a better person. He encourages me to live life to the fullest and that nothing can keep you down because you just have to find the right path for you even if takes you a little longer to get there. My dad is my hero and I wouldn’t have it any other way!