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The strongest woman I know

10 years ago, Kari and I were visiting Chicago during one of her fall breaks. I was there to work with my startup cofounders and she was there to hang out, shop, and enjoy our favorite city.

We got in late, ordered pizza from one of our favorite spots, and then crashed at an Air BnB. The next morning, Kari woke up unable to control the entire left side of her body. Being young, naive, and frankly stupid, we (I) thought that maybe she slept weird. Maybe she had a pinched nerve or something. I suggested that she try some stretches or yoga to see if she could work it out while I showered to get ready for work. She agreed, but the stretches weren’t helping, so we decided to go to the nearest walk-in clinic.

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Wonderfully written about an amazingly strong woman! It was such an honor and privilege to be a small part of her journey! You are a power couple and bring out the best in each other! Let me know if you guys are ever in the twin cities, I would love to buy you a beer and catch up!!

Cindy Mather replied to a blog

Man, appreciate this story deeply. Thanks for taking the time to write and glad to hear Kari was able to overcome so much
Hi Derek, You may your dad tear up big time. You are the most amazing son and husband. I am over the top proud of you! What you wrote was one of the most loving and caring pieces I've ever read. Your tremendous love for each other is something few couples have. And Kari, You are such an inspiration! You are the best wife and daughter-in-law I could EVER ask for. You are also one of the most positive people that I have ever met! You always light up a room with your perkiness and that laugh! I love you both dearly and with all my heart. Love, Dad

Craig Brooks replied to a blog

A true show of love by Derek, I almost feel sorry for MS. It doesn’t know who it’s messing with, in Kari Brooks!
Both of you keep fighting the good fight
Much love to both of you!
I met Kari a few years ago, knowing her mom and dad thru living in AZ Citrus Gardens. This is the most beautifully written from her husband. I do not know them well, but knowing her battle I had when we met TOTALLY forgot about the battle she’s been fighting. I was just so very proud when her mom told me of the promotion. Now I am just so very very proud to know hers and the wonderful husband she has been so beautifully written written by him. God bless you both. 👵🏻🙏

Jerry Muhlstein replied to a blog