Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

4 Treatments That Can Improve Life With ALS

Currently, there isn’t a treatment available to cure or reverse amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) but there are treatments available that can help improve quality of life for those living with the disease. According to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, these include: Medications for symptoms Medications can be used to address some…

Explaining Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

This very informative video from Khan Academy explains more about the progressive, degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). MORE: 10 things to know about genetic testing for ALS. The film explains that ALS is a rare disease that affects one to two people out of every 100,000. The…

Living With ALS: Chris Mehess’s Story

In this video from LA Fitness, 51-year-old surfing fanatic Chris Mehess shares his ALS story. Chris first experienced problems in April 2015 when he began having difficulties staying upright on his surfboard and regularly suffered from cramping in his ankles and calves. A few months later, he…

6 of the Best Apps for Chronic Illness Management

Managing a chronic illness can be difficult. There are many different medications to take (often at different times), appointments to remember, symptoms to keep track of, and lots of information to absorb. Thankfully, living in a digital age means that there are numerous mobile apps that can help you manage your chronic…

A Song Inspired by ALS: ‘The Last Poem’

This video from Alisa Apreleva is all about an awareness campaign in Moscow, Russia, that’s helping to highlight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). MORE: What research is being done on ALS? The video features Russian recording artists and patients in various stages of the disease singing a specially written and composed…

ALS Stories: How Gus Is Getting the Most Out of Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FfWa7fcUw4 This video from Patients Like Me is all about baseball-loving Gus, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Gus explains that he is much more than his condition and hopes that others realize they are more than their illnesses, too. MORE: Explaining the early symptoms of…

10 Things to Know About ALS Genetic Testing

Around 90 percent of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) cases are considered sporadic with no family history of the disease, but the remaining 10 percent are cases where ALS runs in the family. Often patients with familial ALS (FALS) also suffer from frontotemporal dementia, which is due to mutated genes that get passed down through the family.