A Year in the Life of Someone Living With ALS


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.

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In just a year, Alan has gone from an active father to being confined to a wheelchair. He talks about how the ALS Society has helped him stay at home so his family can care for him instead of doctors in a hospital. However, staying at home isn’t easy — special equipment is needed to help Alan out of his wheelchair and onto his bed.

ALS also impacts families financially, with loved ones often having to give up work to care for their partners, which means the household loses two salaries. Medical expenses as well as everyday living expenses mount up and add additional stress for families who have a member living with the condition.

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One comment

  1. Timothy Watson says:

    My brother David has ALS and recently transferred from the lift chair to his bed. His legs do not work any more and I am the one caregiver for him and it is challenging. I was interested in the device that was spoken of to transfer him from chair to chair or bed to chair. Is this available through ALS association?

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