- A = absence of
- myo = muscle
- trophic = nourishment
- lateral = side (of spine)
- sclerosis = hardening or scarring
After some time to digest the news .... I'm just going to punch back.
On Jan. 3 we saw the specialist, Dr. Hannah Briemberg, at the ALS Clinic at the G.F. Strong Rehab Centre.
She did some more testing and confirmed the diagnosis. With the history and examination she thinks this is probably slow progressing. She really won't be able to tell for sure until she sees me over a period of six months or more.
There is a full complement of professionals on the ALS team. I have all their numbers and emails.
Unfortunately, we all know what the public face of ALS looks like. But that is not me. I have lost some small muscles and fine motor function in my hands. My arms and legs are strong and there are no problems with breathing or swallowing.
Dr. Briemberg said that attitude was very important in dealing with this disease. Fortunately, I have lots of attitude ! Really though, Margaret and I have always tried to live our lives well each day. She and the other women of Abreast In A Boat have led the way in showing me how to do that.
Dr. B wrote this to me -
"....... I will share my philosophy about life in general....being in this business, I can say that none of us knows what is around the corner and, if you are able, it is best to do what you want, when you want rather than putting things off. I think this goes for everyone and not just people with ALS. Unfortunately, it often takes a bad disease, however, for people to get the "push" to do this."