Dr. Andrew Godbey is a Board Certified Neurologist and the Medical Director of the ALS clinic at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Nearly three years ago, on August 4th, a peculiar news item showed up on our social media feed at The ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter. Someone had posted an article from Shape Magazine that described something called an “Ice Bucket Challenge,” where people across the country were dumping buckets of water on their heads and challenging three other people to do the same thing. It seemed like a fun, interesting way to raise awareness for ALS, so we shared it to our page and asked our Facebook fans, “Have any of you heard of this?” The rest of August became a blur of ice and water – it was incredible.
Today’s post is authored by Joan Sucher, who was diagnosed with ALS in early 2013. Joan and her husband, Tom – married for 46 years — have three children, Craig, Kate and Kristen, and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 14 1/2 months to 16 years. Joan insists that despite ALS, her life is “full, rich and blessed.”
By Stan Goldberg
This week’s blog post was originally published on thecaregiverspace.org.
An important part of our mission at the ALS Association is to advocate for changes in laws and regulations that affect thousands of people living with ALS and their families. ALS advocacy has resulted in policies that not only advance the search for treatments and a cure, but has also helped to ensure that people living with ALS have access to the healthcare they need and deserve to maintain a higher quality of life. ALS advocates from around the country have been instrumental in passing legislation that expanded veteran’s benefits, increased national data collection through the ALS Registry, and improved insurance and disability coverage for people with ALS. More than $950 million in federal funding has been generated for ALS-specific research since 1998.
Today, we are pleased to be joined by a wonderful ALS advocate Rob Robertson from Belleville, Ill. Rob proudly served our country in the U.S. Army for many years that included time in an elite fighting force “The Screaming Eagles.” He and his family faced many challenges over his lifetime, but nothing could have prepared […]
Hospice can be a very scary word to hear, especially after being diagnosed with a devastating disease like ALS. For an individual with ALS, hospice has a completely different look and feel than it does with other terminal diseases. Because hospice provides an extra layer of care and support that a family affected by ALS truly needs, it’s not uncommon for a patient with ALS to be referred to a hospice program early on in the disease process.