Former NFL Star Steve Gleason Talks About Life With ALS

This emotional ABC News video shares how amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has impacted former NFL star Steve Gleason’s life.

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The 39-year-old New Orleans Saints hero created a video blog about his journey with ALS, documenting both the disease’s progression and his wife Michelle’s pregnancy. Gleason’s ALS progressed quickly and he’s now in a motorized wheelchair, unable to eat or breathe unaided and can only communicate via a computer. His vlog was later turned into a documentary which was shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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2 comments

  1. KATHERINE FRIEND says:

    GREAT HE IS A BLESSING. I NEED HELP FINDING SOMEONE WITH ALS AT AGE 31 AND THE ARE EXPECTING A BABY IN MAY WE NEED HELP THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS I NEED A NUMBER WE CAN CALL .NO WILL HELP THEY KEEP PUTTING US OFF SAYING THEY CANT DO ANYTHING . GOD BLESS THANK YOU INS WONT PAY.KATHERINE I DONT DO FACE BOOK JUST TEXT AND E MAIL 304-838-3522 GOD BLESS ALWAYS

    • Betty Phillips says:

      Contact the als association in your area and they will guide you. Also, go online to the als forums and sign up and they can offer you information on what to do as well. I have had als since age 46. I am now 57. Many young people get als. It does not discriminate on age, sex, or race. I had to go to social security administration and sign up for ss and medicare. Or you can get medicaid maybe. And no there is no cure for als. Only 2 medications to possibly slow it down.

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