Lou Gehrig’s disease eventually affects total body movement, as well as speech, swallowing and breathing. ALS ultimately results in a total body paralysis, inability to speak, inability to eat or drink by mouth, and inability to breathe unassisted. Finally there is simply an inability to breathe.
It’s impossible to detail all the benefits of private insurance providers, but Social Security assistance is something every ALS family should investigate.
Although the life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about 2-5 years from the time of diagnosis, this disease is variable and many people live with quality for 5 years and more.
We noticed a lot of visitors searching the RASCALS site recently for information regarding Biogen Idec’s Dexpramipexole Phase 3 trials, (a.k.a. NCT01281189).