Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
By John Santoro
What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?
1. Stephen Hawking is diagnosed with ALS and Lou Gehrig died from it
2. A nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacted physical function
3. Also known as Motor Neuron Disease
4. Symptoms may include twitching, cramping, or stiffness of muscles; muscle weakness affecting an arm or a leg; slurred and nasal speech; or difficulty chewing or swallowing.
5. The cause of this disease is unknown
6. ALS can’t be cured be there are treatments to help
7. It can last for years or a lifetime
8. This disease is very rare. There are fewer than 20,000 US cases per year
9. Not one test can provide a definitive diagnosis of ALS
10. Nerve cells break down, which reduces functionality in the muscles they supply.
Healthy Living Advice
At the age of 21 young Stephen was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and was paralyzed. He is now immobilized and is in a wheelchair. Even with his whole body frozen he still has done great things to the world. He has wrote books, worked with many philosophers all around the world, and more.
One of the greatest baseball players to ever live's career stops short because of something that changes Yankees player Lou Gehrig's life. He was diagnosed with ALS after being checked for have trouble working with his muscles in the games. He retires from baseball and dies at the age of 37, 3 years after he was diagnosed.
After having of what people thought of a just a nerve problem after making a movie, David discovers he has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. But the disease never stopped him. He stared in many movies and won awards that many would never get. But soon his acting talent grew weaker and David died in 1983 at the age of 73.