Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

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 began experiencing problems in April 2015 when he had problems staying upright on his surfboard and regularly suffered from cramping in his ankles and calves. A few months later,…

Who Was Lou Gehrig?

  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. But who was Lou Gehrig? Henry Louis Gehrig was born in New York on June 19, 1903, at a time when very few people were aware of ALS, the progressive and neurodegenerative disease. Gehrig grew up to…

5 Misconceptions About ALS You Might Find Interesting

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is sometimes known as Lou Gehrig disease after the baseball player who famously suffered from it. Although ALS is a more common disease than we would like it to be, there is still little known about it and many are unaware of the details of the condition. MORE: Find out…

10 Tips for Patients Recently Diagnosed With ALS

Being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a difficult and stressful time. You’ll probably feel incredibly overwhelmed in the first few days and weeks, and struggle to understand the ramifications involved. To help with the process, we’ve compiled a list of tips for patients who have recently been diagnosed with…

Young Artist Talks About Life With ALS

This video from the ALS Association Texas chapter is all about a talented young artist, Alexis. Alexis has loved drawing since she was a child, but the progression of her amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) condition has meant that she can now no longer draw with paper and pencils. However, she hasn’t let…

Alex Coriell’s Journey With ALS

This emotional video from Marissa Coriell is an incredibly moving tribute to her husband, Alexander. Alexander was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in January 2013. The video shows how quickly his condition progressed. By September 2013, Alex was unable to swallow food and needed a feeding tube.

Prison Chaplain Shares His ALS Story

This video from the ALS Association Texas chapter is all about Steve. A recently retired chaplain for the federal prison system from Fort Worth, Texas, Steve is about to get married to his longtime sweetheart, Anna. MORE: Pastor Kevin Kinchen hasn’t let his ALS diagnosis get in the…

Living With ALS: Clara’s Story

ALS can be a difficult disease to diagnose as many of the early signs and symptoms can mimic those of other conditions. This video shared by Mike Brez is all about Clara. Clara was recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) after being misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. MORE:…