My mom was officially diagnosed with ALS 2 months ago, although she has had symptoms much longer. Her speach is worsening, she is short of breath and is overall weakening. The Dr. just told her she has 1 1/2 - 2 years to live. I will be spending a great deal of time with her even though I live 2000 miles away. She is an intelligent woman with a good sense of humor. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to prepare for what is to come? Also, does trauma trigger ALS sometimes? Thanks for your help.