OutSpoken - a Column by James Clingman

James is a 12-year survivor of ALS. His diagnosis came after four years of symptoms, and included a back surgery that did not work. On August 23, 2013, the news that would change his life fell on him like a steel beam. To go from a healthy active person to likely having only a short time to live was truly mind blowing. The acceptance of not being able to ride bicycles any more, something he had done for over 30 years, was especially hurtful.

Eventually he had to abandon all of his physical activity. A newspaper columnist for 25 years, a professor at the University of Cincinnati, and a consultant for construction companies — all of this was no longer possible. Jim is making every effort to live with his new challenges and is so grateful for his wife, Sylvia, and daughter, Kiah, along with his ALS care team at the Veterans Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina.

Living my life in the key of D minor 

After a great deal of introspection, I decided for this month’s column to reflect on my life as it stands now. I wanted to write about it without being too ominous and dreadful, but I don’t think that’s possible. My love for music prompted the headline, because within the…

Why I’m fully committed to promoting ALS awareness

As I’ve pointed out several times in this column, public awareness of ALS is vital to obtaining and sustaining progress in finding solutions to the myriad issues associated with the disease. Have you ever heard of NurOwn? It’s a stem cell therapy that is being considered for…