MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 11, No. 8


To some, the transition from eating by mouth to eating via a feeding tube feels like giving in to ALS. Even though it may be extremely difficult to take medicine and swallow baby food, even though meals may be punctuated by coughing attacks and scary choking, even though it takes forever to eat the...
Wayne Phillips uses a MIC-KEY button. Wayne Phillips of Santa Barbara, Calif., received a diagnosis of ALS in August 1989. After six years, Phillips decided it was time for a feeding tube. He used a traditional PEG tube for a year but switched to a MIC-KEY button in 1996. “There are many b...

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