Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What was Michelle diagnosed with?
A. Michelle was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrigs Disease, August 2011. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
Q. What were Michelle’s symptoms?
A. In the Spring of 2011, Michelle began to notice that her left shoe felt like was about to fall off. It was floppy feeling. At first she thought it was her shoes, then we blamed a new workout routine. By the Summer of 2011, Michelle’s biceps and triceps were twitching as if electric jolts were going through her upper left arm.
Q. What can be done to make Michelle healthy again?
A. Currently, there is very little known about ALS. And there are no cures. Life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about two to five years from the time of diagnosis.