Polly Copsey of the Lewis Family Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Sheri Easter writes this open letter to the fans and friends of the Lewis Family and Jeff & Sheri Easter:
It is with a heavy heart I write these words to all of you who have supported my mama, Polly, and The Lewis Family for many years.╩ A few days ago, Mama was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, plus Lewy body dementia.╩ While Parkinson's typically affects motor skills, over 50% of Parkinson's patients develop Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD), which is a Lewy body dementia that affects cognitive skills by disrupting perception, thinking, and behavior.╩ By the symptoms Mama is experiencing, we are told that she is in the very early stages.╩ She has begun medication and we are hopeful because of the early diagnosis.╩ It is important to Mama that all of you know so that your prayers would be with her in the years ahead as she continues traveling. ╩
I'm certain that all of you who have ever met her are fully aware of why her grandfather called her "Sunshine".╩ If you were fortunate enough to meet her, you also know that she never forgot a face or a name.╩ While everything inside me wants to scream out that life isn't fair, I am quietly stilled by the message that each of our families has sung about through the years.╩ God is faithful and is an ever present help in our time of need. ╩
Mama is committed to the music and to the fans, just as her daddy, mama and brother were committed for so many years.╩ She plans to continue her regular touring schedule of 100,000 miles annually for as many years as God allows and is looking forward to seeing each of you through her travels.╩ Please pray for Mama.╩ We love and deeply appreciate all of you for your concern and continued prayers.
╩ Sheri Easter