Friday, September 10, 2010


I don't know much about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease, but I do know that it's horrible.

One of my very favorite people on earth lost one of her very favorite people on earth to ALS this morning.

It was several weeks of not knowing what was going on and insisting on more tests when the hospital wanted to send her home.  Finally a transfer to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and the grim diagnosis.  Now less than three months later, my friend and her family are figuring out how to move forward without their rock.

It makes my heart break that I'm not there to help her.


WonderWhyGal said...

Big Hugs to you and your friend. I don't know much about it either...super big hugs

Wendy said...

So sorry to hear about your friend's loss. Hard to feel like you're helping when you're separated by distance, but I'm sure you'll find a way to support her.

AllyB said...

I am sorry to hear about this Kathryn. I can only say that a few short months surviving after diagnosis would be a blessing imo. My FIL was diagnosed after a fall and lived 2 yrs in a horrible downward spiral of dependence that resulted in his inability to speak or move...ALS is beyond horrible. Good thoughts to your friend and her family for reassurance and healing from their grief. You are in my thoughts.

Kathryn Ray said...

Thank you all. I really appreciate it.

I know the short duration was a blessing, it's just shocking that it progressed so quickly.