Marriage and Relationships

Happiness may be only one of many outcomes

Posted on Friday, May 1, 2009 - 15:40, By: ALSN Staff
When it comes to being counted in the approximately 10 percent of people who live 10 or more years after an ALS diagnosis, there are no proven strategies and no guarantees. Maintaining the best, most satisfying life possible, however — a worthy goal in its own right — may increase the odds of being...
Posted on Monday, December 1, 2008 - 09:16, By: Kathy Wechsler
Almost everyone loves holiday traditions. Besides being fun and giving us another reason to look forward to the holiday season, traditions promote family togetherness and camaraderie among friends, and provide an excellent way to make and share memories. When ALS interferes with favorite holiday...
Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 09:16, By: Freelance
Sam and Jo-Ann Goldstein of St. Louis have shared their journey with ALS since Sam received his diagnosis of limb-onset ALS in August 2005. In this fifth installment of an intermittent series, Jo-Ann discusses how ALS has changed their roles in life. Every family is different, just as every...

Determining your quality of life

Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - 12:48, By: ALSN Staff
From one to 10, 10 being the highest, how do you rate your quality of life (QOL)? Before you answer that, you have to figure out what the phrase “quality of life” means to you. Put down your Webster’s Patricia O’Connor, the nurse case manager for the Forbes Norris MDA/ALS Research Center at...
Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 18:51, By: Freelance
The experience of every person with ALS is different; every person with ALS is the same. Every account of the experience of ALS is worth telling; everyone affected by ALS will find some truth in the story. This is the first in a series of occasional articles chronicling one man’s journey with ALS...
Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 - 08:14, By: Freelance
Who knew that ALS could be such a funny disease? I don’t mean that the everyday fight is funny, but the situations and perceptions that ALS creates can be extremely humorous. My first glimpse into the disease’s funny side came at Christmas 1995, when I made my first trip out in my power wheelchair...
Posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - 10:33, By: Christina Medvescek
In deepest winter, most Earth creatures are quiet and withdrawn, wisely conserving their energy for the months ahead. Not so the human creature, which scurries through December like a frantic chicken squawking, “So much to do! So much to do!” The holiday season plops a big load of extra stress on...

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