She sits there, a soul with no body - or at least a body that doesn't work, but isn't that basically the same thing?
She is losing her freedom. Even worse: she is losing her drive.
Day after day she has the same routine: from bed to chair, from chair to bed - only to be broken up by the occasional trip to the bathroom, or a doctor's appointment every three months - progressively losing every opportunity she has made for herself. And soon, even those trips will be taken away. We look at our abilities - like walking, talkng, and breathing - as rights but they're not rights, they are privileges that can be taken away in the blink of an eye.
She was once a strong woman, dedicated to the gym.
Now, too weak to stand on her own.
Once able to write and write and write.
Now, no motor function to hold a pen.
Once able to cook a four-course meal for fifty or more people.
Now, can't even make a bowl of cereal.
Once a nurse, always willing to lend a helping hand.
Now needing every bit of help she can get.
A person with ALS- the camel that plods through the desert until that one last straw added to its pack breaks its back. She is slowly stripped of everything that she has spent so much time, effort, and care to build, until she loses every strength and ability to live - all within a fraction of the time it took to make it all.
Why We Need Your Help
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease yet it still costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.