I have been reading this forum for a month now, and just couldn't wait any longer to join. My wonderful mother was diagnosed on Aug 19 ( that date is burned into my brain forever!) I am so afraid of what is going to happen to her. I know everyone progresses differently, but is there any hope that she won't lose all her mobility and voice. She use to work in a nursing home, and said she never wanted to end up like that. I am also starting to notice the expense( and I realize it will get much worse) of this disease, and it's only been a month. She has a cane, as her walking is a bit off , she just got fitted for a back brace yesterday, as her trunk muscles are very weak, we are also going on a family holiday and needed to rent a wheelchair. I am so heart broken I simple cannot begin to express. My mother is a huge part of our ( my husband and 2 small children ) everyday life, and the thought of this crushes me. Thank you for listening. I have read the ALS manual many, many times.