I just received the best news imaginable from my brother. He visited an expert neurologist today and was told that the initial diagnosis from his MRI was wrong and he does NOT have neurological damage, nor any signs of Lou Gehrig's disease. He is still chronically ill as he has been for the past five months, and they still don't know exactly what is wrong with him, but at least he is NOT facing an imminent death sentence.
Needless to say, this news is like a 1000 pound weight being lifted from my shoulders. My family was so certain that my brother faced the very worst that my father when talking on the phone with me this past weekend broke down and cried for the first time that I can remember since my stepmother died 15 years ago. I guess I should be really pissed off at my brother's first doctor who put us all through this week of sheer emotional hell, but instead I just feel immensely relieved.
Once again, I would like to thank everyone who sent their best wishes this week, both on the blog and at the Silent Country and Hubbert's Arms discussion forums, offering such fantastic words of support. It really meant a lot to me and served as a reminder that there are still plenty of great people in this world.