By: Mary Mitchell
Source: Sun Times
My friend Susan Filstead is the most giving person I know.
She welcomes her friends into her home with a special treat and warm smile no matter what she is going through.
Her graciousness is humbling.
You see, Susan has been paralyzed on her left side since giving birth to her only son in 1992.
Over the years, she has suffered countless seizures because of epilepsy and has endured several brain surgeries. In 2010, Susan fell as a result of a seizure and required two lumbar back surgeries.
Still, she has remained her hopeful self.
One of her favorite quotes is, “Count your blessings by the flowers that bloom, not by the leaves that fall.”
But efforts to work out a loan modification on her Arlington Heights home is dragging her down.
Susan and her husband, William Filstead, a former college professor, have gone back and forth with their lender for two years.