Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Friday, November 11, 2011

Dear Editor,

As Veterans Day approaches, I wanted to write this letter in hopes of increasing awareness of Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS and the effect it has on the veterans who have served our country. Many people are unfamiliar with this horrible disease for which there is no known effective treatment or cure and is 60 percent more likely to strike those who have served our country.

ALS, moreknown as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord, ultimately resulting in loss of voluntary muscle control, paralysis and eventually death. The average life expectancy for people with ALS is two to five years from the time of diagnosis.

My husband served as a Marine and was diagnosed with ALS in September of 2010 since then he has lost his ability to speak where he can be understood and eat most foods due to the paralysis. He also has limited strength to do things most of us take for granted on a daily basis.

If you would like more information on ALS, visit the national website www.alsa.org. While there you can visit the Veterans Wall of Honor to view many of veterans who are living with or have lost their battle to this disease. Please join in raising awareness and supportiing the fight against this disease.


Louise Hensley

Pierce City, Missouri