When was Brian Wallach diagnosed with ALS?

I was diagnosed with ALS in November 2017. I was 37. With two girls under three. And I was told then that this disease will take my life.

What were your early ALS symptoms?

Early symptoms include:

  • Muscle twitches in the arm, leg, shoulder, or tongue.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Tight and stiff muscles (spasticity)
  • Muscle weakness affecting an arm, a leg, the neck, or diaphragm.
  • Slurred and nasal speech.
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing.

How long do most ALS patients live?

Although the mean survival time with ALS is two to five years, some people live five, 10 or more years. Symptoms can begin in the muscles that control speech and swallowing or in the hands, arms, legs or feet.

How long can you live with Lou Gehrig’s disease?

ALS is fatal. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is two to five years, but some patients may live for years or even decades. (The famous physicist Stephen Hawking, for example, lived for more than 50 years after he was diagnosed.) There is no known cure to stop or reverse ALS.

Who started I am ALS?

I AM ALS is founded by Brian Wallach and Sandra Abrevaya to infuse hope in the community. Join the tens of thousands of people in our movement to put an end to ALS and unlock critical breakthroughs for diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia and beyond.

Will we ever find a cure for ALS?

The discovery is significant because, to date, there is no cure or effective treatment for ALS, a progressive neuromuscular disease caused by deterioration of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord.

Can ALS come on suddenly?

As I have mentioned before, ALS does not start abruptly. Consider Lou Gehrig. At first he never dreamed he had a disease. That’s the same problem all of our patients face.

How do ALS patients use the bathroom?

Toileting Devices Commode chairs, raised seats, safety frames, and portable urinals are used on or in place of toilets.

What did Stephen Hawking have?

Disability. Hawking had a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease (MND; also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease), a fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord, which gradually paralysed him over decades.

What is I am ALS?

(Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune) I AM ALS focuses on harnessing the power of patients and their caregivers, who share experiences, raise awareness and advocate for a cure.

Is an ALS nonprofit Ready for virtual life?

(Sandra Abrevaya) In some ways, their nonprofit was prepared for this time. ALS patients’ lives become restricted and often are already mostly virtual. So followers and volunteers were ready to log on to computers and lobby policymakers.

Is it time to take that drive toward terminal illnesses like ALS?

Now, former Obama staffer says it’s time to take that drive toward terminal illnesses like ALS. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the entire world suddenly experienced living in fear that death could come for a friend or family member. The fear of death is what Brian Wallach and Sandra Abrevaya had already been living with.

How much money is spent on ALS research each year?

Last year, they celebrated the second straight year that the Department of Defense’s budget toward ALS research doubled, to $40 million for 2021, and the National Institutes for Health promised to invest $25 million over five years.