Living with ALS


Shellee’s Birth


By


Mike Rayl

When Shellee was born it happened so fast the doctor didn't get there in time to deliver her. So me and the nurse did the honors... When the doctor finally got there I joked, "since you didn't deliver her does that mean I don't have to pay you"!!! Well I guess he didn't think it was funny, cause when he filled out the birth certificate, he put father unknown !!! I guess he showed me... Actually although most was paid in advance there was a balance of several hundred dollars which I never paid!!!

We were buying the house we were living in from what appeared to be a shady character .. A guy with the last name Renfro. We were buying the house on ten year contract or so we thought. One night the realtor that drafted the contract for the house knocked on our door franticly and was very upset!!! He asked me if I had paid the house payments to Renfro... Apparently he wasn't making the payments... I got scared he had filled our garage with a bunch of crap he would try and sell by having rummage sales... So when Shellee was I only 2 weeks old I packed it up and hightailed it back to California, to stay with my sister Marla till we got back on our feet... I had become so disillusioned with the whole Renfro situation, got scared and ran!!! Also he left a big mess in the kitchen, a water pipe had burst in the kitchen ceiling, drywall everywhere, I became very uncomfortable...

When Shellee was born was born was the happiest day of my life up to that time!!! Me and the nurse delivered her, but she was more than ready to be born into the world it was so fast and an easy delivery, thank God for that!!! I got to cut the cord... When Shellee was born i was fill with peace and song with a full orchestra and lyrics playing in my head... With my limited music ability I tried to capture it on tape as soon as I could get home by singing it but I never could capture the full orchestra the way I heard it in my head words and music spontaneously, it was awesome!!! I wish I was a better musician ...

Shellee was a joy from the beginning!!! She was the prettiest baby and an even prettier toddler With star power !!! She will always be my shining star!!! She went on to be a Macy's model as a preteen...


I'm so proud of Shellee she's a pediatric nurse for the last six years... And teaches special needs children's Sunday school!!!