Guests: Bill and Jackie Carden
Bill, 71, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig's disease, in January 2018 after a 22 year military career and then a corporate career. Veterans have been found to be twice as likely to develop ALS.
ALS affects 16,000 people in the U.S. and 450,000 people worldwide. There is no cure and the average life span is 3 years after diagnosis. ALS presents the affected person and their families a challenge few of us have to face. Bill and Jackie will be talking about ALS's impact and what it has meant for them. They are working to share information community wide, including among healthcare professionals who they hope will look for opportunities for continuity of care, a particularly important aspect in caring for patients diagnosed with ALS.
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