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Mom with ALS shares tear-jerking dance with son at his wedding in heartwarming video

Mom with ALS shares tear-jerking dance with son at his wedding in heartwarming video

'It felt liberating to get up and have a moment like that with my son at a milestone in his life. It was just beautiful,' she said.

A touching video of a mother-son wedding dance is moving netizens to tears as it spreads through social media platforms. The now viral-video shows the groom, Zak Poirier, help his mom, Kathy, live out her dream of sharing the traditional dance with him despite having lost the use of her legs and arms after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2019. The 28-year-old lifted and held his mother in his arms with the help of his twin brothers, Nick and Jake, as they gently swayed to the music at his April 9 wedding to his now-wife, Anja D'adesky.



 

"I was just so devastated that I wasn’t going to be able to dance with him," Kathy told The Epoch Times. "We talked about it, and I really wanted to make it happen." The 55-year-old, who lives in southwest Florida, shared that she visualized dancing with Zak ahead of his big day earlier this year. "I was very worried the day of the wedding... it was very emotional, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way," she said. Kathy also faces some breathing difficulties due to the "unforgiving disease" but hasn't lost her voice yet. 



 

The doting mother revealed that all three of her sons were whispering words of comfort to her throughout the emotional dance. "We've got you, Mom, don't worry. We can do this," they told her, Kathy recalled. Being able to share the unforgettable moment with her son at his wedding was truly special for her, she added. "I had a hard time keeping my tears at bay, but it felt great," she said. "It felt liberating to get up and have a moment like that with my son at a milestone in his life. It was just beautiful."



 

Speaking to Good Morning America about the unforgettable experience, Kathy said: "I was really nervous going up to the floor. Not because I was worried about my boys, I was worried about being stared at. I've changed so much in two and a half years, so I'm not the person I once was. Once I got on the dance floor, I knew my boys had me. They just said, 'Don't worry. We've got you. We're not going to let you go.' And it was just a moment I have dreamed about for a long time."



 

While the video has touched millions of hearts online, Kathy insists the video is not about her. "The video is about raising awareness of ALS because it's so unforgiving," she said. "There's not enough awareness. I'm very fortunate; I have family, I have money to spend on treatment. But it's not just about me, it's about all the people that are suffering from this disease that need help." Kathy was officially diagnosed with ALS—also known as Lou Gehrig's disease—in January 2019 after she began experiencing weakness in her hands. While she initially believed it might be a pinched nerve, testing proved otherwise.



 

There is no known cure for ALS and doctors estimate that patients will live two to five years beyond their diagnosis as their body deteriorates. "I look at it as, I have two options: I can either accept the diagnosis and all that comes with it, or I can accept the diagnosis and fight it," said Kathy. "I'm choosing to fight it. I love my life... I want to live as long as I can."

Cover Image Source: Instagram/Zak Poirier

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