this is the story of my son (Ashley) who passed away in 2008 just before his nineteenth birthday. it is a plea for understanding and tolerance towards those with a disability and especially those with a chronic or terminal condition like Ashley suffered. More
Ashley Miller Biography (One Puddle Too Many) The Title (One Puddle Too Many)
The Title (One Puddle too many) comes from the book “I Can Jump Puddles” by Alan Marshall who at an early age contracted poliomyelitis (better known as polio or infantile paralysis) and was crippled at a very early age. Polio in Alan’s time (early 20th Century) inflicted many young people and the medical world would struggle to stop the infliction. In my early age (the 1960s) polio was not a concern as a simple injection and later oral medication took it off the radar. For Ashley there were too many puddles to jump as his life finished 12th May, 2008 at the young age of eighteen. However just like medical research found prevention for Polio I believe Medical Research will find cures for “Caps” Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, cerebral palsy or any other inflictions people find themselves having to deal with but it requires as much support as possible. This includes stem cell research and I call on everyone to set aside religious or other moral beliefs as even though it is too late for Ashley there are others who suffer and anyone with any kind of empathy must be saddened to see children or anyone suffer like Ashley did throughout his life.