Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

Explaining the Progression of ALS

This illustrated video from Stichting ALS Nederland briefly explains the neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). MORE: Could exercise help ALS patients with swallowing? It explains the progression of the disease and how it affects patients. ALS causes the brain and spinal cord to stop transmitting signals to…

Understanding the Neurons Behind ALS

This video from Nature Video discusses the neurons behind amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  The narrator explains that ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that usually begins in adulthood and progresses rapidly. MORE: 16 fast facts about ALS The disease is characterized by the loss of both upper and lower motor neurons,…

This Is What ALS Can Do in One Year

In this touching video from Friends of Alan Gustafson, we see how quickly the progressive condition amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can change a person’s life. MORE: Four treatments that can help improve life with ALS In just a year, Alan has gone from an active father to being…

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 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…

6 Coping Strategies to Help Process an ALS Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can be devastating for patients and their families and friends, but there are ways to move forward. We’ve put together a list of coping strategies to help you get through the first few weeks with help from the Mayo Clinic and alswindsor.ca. Allow time and space to…

ALS Stories: Todd Walker

This 2014 Roundabout U video is all about Todd Walker from Murray, Kentucky. Todd shares his ALS story, which began when he was suddenly unable to exercise like usual. At first, doctors thought Todd was suffering from depression as he had just lost his father but as his symptoms began…

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…