National ALS Awareness Month

I’ll be covering Rick Santorum’s endorsement of Mitt Romney a bit more in depth later on, but for now I thought this was more pressing.  May is ALS Awareness month.  This is very important to me, because my family has been affected by ALS.

If you’re not aware of what ALS is, this part is for you.  ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the baseball player) stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Schlerosis.  ALS is a neuromuscular disease that effects the nerves in your body slowly, eventually causing them to shut down.  Eventually you lose the use of your limbs, and you cannot feed yourself or even breathe on your own.  Virtually every part of your body is affected– except your brain.  Basically opposite of Alzheimer’s, ALS doesn’t affect your mind in any way.  It takes away the use of everything else, even your speech, so you are left unable to care for yourself even though your mind is fully functioning.  There is no cure for ALS, and the life expectancy once you develop it is 2-5 years.

Like I said, my family has been affected by ALS.  I know the damage it does not only to the patient, but to the family as well.  May is National ALS Awareness month, so I wanted to pass along this link– “31 Ways to Fight ALS in 31 Days.”  I realize we’re already a few days into the month, but you can make up the days :)  Research is being done to find a cure for ALS, and we’re closer now than we’ve ever been.  You don’t hear about it much on the news, but many members of Congress are very supportive of this research and have passed many funding bills toward this research.  We have to keep up the fight, though, if we want to find a cure.  I’d encourage you to take a minute and check out the link above, and www.alsa.org, the main website for the ALS Association!