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 ALS based on information from the ALS Association.
You will go through a whole host of different emotions in the first few weeks, from fear to anger, denial to grief. This is completely understandable and you need to give yourself time and space to do this. Be kind to yourself, tell yourself that this is a normal response and that the darkness you’re feeling will pass and you will start to feel more positive soon.