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- About Atsugi
- What's your relationship with ALS/MND?
- I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
- If diagnosed, when were you diagnosed?
- State or Province
- Veteran familiar with VA medical benefits
- Retired military
- Ocean kayaking and sailing
That view assumes a war. And wars can be won or lost. Too often, people dealing with ALS think they're in a war that they're bound to lose. But that's not how ALS works.
Normally, life in middle age is a fairly comfortable ride, with no idea how long it will last or how the end will come, so we ignore that.
My own father was usually gone. He fought in three wars, so it was only natural that I would sign up at 17. I served twenty years. I was conservative, I always voted Republican, and I believed in God. I was stationed around the world in Guam, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. I toured Red China and several Pacific Rim countries. I served...
Friends and family have abandoned me. Sometimes, ALS will even destroy families. I've seen more than one spouse leave a PALS. Why?
People can't relate to ALS. The "terminal" part of the disease freaks them out. They can't get it out of their minds and they don't know what to say or do,...
Of course, now I think of Krissy all the time. During the first few weeks, I cried or teared up at night. Now I think mainly of the good times. There are no more tears. Just smiles.
So here's what happened after it...