Living with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
Dave and Cynthia Greene joined us today to share their story of living with Cynthia's diagnosis of ALS. Cynthia was diagnosed in May, 2006 at the age of 60 with ALS commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. She started having symptoms of weakness and pain in her right shoulder during mid-2005. Cynthia's symptoms started out with weakness in the right shoulder, which has now progress into total paralysis of the right arm expect from very minor movement of her fingers.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord. A common first symptom is a painless weakness in a hand, foot, arm or leg, which occurs in more than half of all cases. Other early symptoms include speech swallowing or walking difficulty.
They Greene's have been given much support from the local ALS Association. The ALS Association is a non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
Each year, the Walk to Defeat ALS brings communities together in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Though we walk for various reasons, we are united in our quest to find a cure for ALS. To join the 3 mile non-competitive walk beginning at Noon on Sunday September 27th at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland click here.