This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control…..
Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them!
Freedom and Jeff
Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby.
When Freedom came in she could not stand and both wings were broken. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet's office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.
This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.
We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington . We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about us.
In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.
Fast forward to November 2000
The day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.
So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long . That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.
On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that..
I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.
Hope you enjoyed this! Cancer is a strange cell. You can go along for years in remission and then one day it pops its head up again. If you ever have it you will never be free of it.
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Walter Bevilacqua aveva 68 anni
Walter Bevilacqua, pastore tra le montagne dell'Ossola, aveva 68 anni. Al parroco disse: "Io sono solo, è giusto così".
"Sono solo, non ho famiglia. Lascio il mio posto a chi ha più bisogno di me. A chi ha figli e ha più diritto di vivere". Walter Bevilacqua lo aveva confessato al parroco poco tempo fa. La morte l'ha colto durante la dialisi a cui si sottoponeva ogni settimana all’ospedale San Biagio di Domodossola. Il cuore ha ceduto durante la terapia e la bara è stata portata a spalle al cimitero dagli alpini di Varzo, penne nere come lui. Dietro al feretro, le sue sorelle Mirta e Iside: "Era proprio come lo descrivono: altruista, semplice. Un gran lavoratore. Sapeva che un trapianto lo avrebbe aiutato a tirare avanti, ma si sentiva in un’età nella quale poteva farne a meno. E pensava che quel rene frutto di una donazione servisse più ad altri" racconta Iside.
Una vita piena di sacrifici, così come quelle di altri pastori di montagna, stretti alla loro terra. Solitario e altruista, nel momento più delucatio della vita ha detto no al trapianto. "Sono in molti che aspettano quest’occasione. Persone che famiglia e più diritto a vivere di me. E’ giusto così" aveva detto, con quella naturalezza che l'ha sempre contraddistinto. Bevilacqua è morto pochi giorni fa a 68 anni, una storia venuta alla luce quando il parroco del paese, don Fausto Frigerio, l’ha raccontata in chiesa durante la messa, un esempio da affidare a tutti. Quella frase pronunciata tanto tempo prima, gli era rimasta impressa: "Me l’aveva detto durante una chiacchierata. So che l’aveva confidato anche a un conoscente con cui si trovava in ospedale per le terapie» racconta il prete. E' questa la notizia che ha bucato il silenzio dell'Ossola, in una valle corridoio verso la Svizzera, a una manciata di minuti. Sui monti della valle Divedro, Walter Bevilacqua ha trascorso i suoi ann, allevato dal nonno Camillo, uomo di altri tempi, ligio alle regole, gran lavoratore. Da lui aveva imparato a non risparmiarsi mai, a non lamentarsi delle difficoltù di chi vive in quota. "Credo non abbia mai fatto le ferie" racconta chi lo conosceva bene. L’agricoltura e gli animali erano la sua passione. Il suo mondo era là, una fetta di terra strappata alla montagna che poco più in alto diventa spettacolo nella conca dell’alpe Veglia.
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