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    ALS for Dummies

    As a result of an article in today’s Guardian about its author

    Motor neurone disease has left the French hip-hop artist totally immobile – yet he still found the means to compose a remarkable album inspired by Kate Bush

    -I found this:

    What’s up everybody, my name’s Guilhem Gallart, I’m 45 and I’ve been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) since 2015.

    I’ve not read it yet.

    Diagnosed April 2017

    Hello Doug
    Thanks for posting the link, some interesting ideas and blunt personal points from him. Perhaps more suited for those of us at the beginning of this journey, as many of the senior members* of this forum have the T-shirt, so to speak.
    My personal take on it was, be positive, prepare and plan, make sure all involved know your plan, don't let this disease own you, you own the disease. I know that is easy for me to say right now, but I know I have some time on my side and I going to try and make the best use of it.

    Interesting that in France they have the same financial and information issues we have here.
    Perhaps we need a sexier name , MND , ALS isn't that catchy.

    (*Senior members - said with respect and admiration)

    As long as there’s golf and beer I’m happy


      "You own the disease"

      I couldn't agree more, Shaun.

      Because keeping positive is SO important, taking ownership and control of our MND is empowering - and that includes being confident enough to say YES or NO at all stages, be it to equipment, medical intervention, medication or even visitors etc. etc..

      Knowing your body is important too, and this takes a bit of time, but if you can recognise subtle changes in your body you can be more proactive, i.e. more control.

      I know I need to be in charge of and (politely) run the show re my meds, care plan etc. because it's damn hard being reliant on others for all my physical needs !!

      Love Ellie.
      ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
      Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.