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Father's Quest To Walk His Daughter Down The Aisle Will Leave You In Tears

Bridal Guide | Posted 07.14.2014 | Weddings

By Stefania Sainato for Bridal Guide The emotional pinnacle of any wedding is the bride's walk down the aisle, and parent spotlight dances are a cl...

Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

Love And The Power Of Now

Dr. Daniel Amen | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Amen

The key is not just seizing the day -- but each moment, with passion and purpose.

A Tube Job

Kevin Swan | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Kevin Swan

Remember when you were a kid and before a long road trip your parents would say "do you have to go to the bathroom?" Your answer was almost always a q...

Sense and Sensitivity

Kevin Swan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Kevin Swan

I was talking by the time they arrived, but because of my speech which has been directly affected by ALS, they thought I may have had a stroke because I was slurring my words. Nope, no stroke, just ALS.

My First Year Living With ALS

Stephen Finger | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Stephen Finger

I was diagnosed with ALS in February 2013. A year later the shock from being told weakness in my hand was the first step of a uniformly fatal disease has worn off, but all of my fears are the same.

Casey Kasem and Mama Jean: The Faces of Lewy Body Dementia

Jamie Brickhouse | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie Brickhouse

Almost everybody has heard of Alzheimer's, but few are aware of LBD, an equally devastating dementia that is progressive and fatal. Perhaps Kasem's diagnosis may finally bring LBD the attention it deserves.

They May Call It Lou Gehrig's Disease, but They'll Call It Augie Nieto's Cure

Rich Polt | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

Augie Nieto didn't just come to grips with his ALS, he began to persevere and overcome. He summoned those same rare qualities that made him an effective and respected leader, and applied them to his new reality.

Karate Hall of Famer Battles ALS

Karl Romain | Posted 06.30.2014 | Sports
Karl Romain

He will beat this disease. He will keep exercising and doing push-ups. Why? His training helps his mind stay focused and stay on his journey of recovery.

Cold Hands, Warm Hard Drive

Kevin Swan | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin Swan

As this tenacious disease continues to attack my body, I am forced to rely on others for so much of my day-to-day life. Accepting this was extremely difficult in the beginning but I have learned to not only accept it, but embrace it.

Changing My Body to Stay Alive

Randy Pipkin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Randy Pipkin

My spouse Mark and I begin a new journey this month. The second half of last year kicked my ass and left me in a severely weakened state. I lost 30 pounds in six months. It was weight that I could not afford to lose.

Time Out

Francis Levy | Posted 03.03.2014 | Science
Francis Levy

No one wears watches anymore. They've become as much of an anachronism as cursive handwriting whose death occurred in less than a generation. The nex...

Why the NFL Should Embrace Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Sports
Steph Sherer

The following is an open letter to the two most powerful people in football to explain why and to provide policy suggestions they should consider when drafting the new NFL Policy and Program for Substance Abuse.

Complex Veterans Benefits Cases Require Common Sense Approach

Bill Lawson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Bill Lawson

Complex medical cases demand human reasoning and judgment to achieve true accuracy. Strict adherence to rules-based algorithms and checklists has already left too many veterans shortchanged in their benefits.

Grateful for the Lemons Life Gives Us

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

How we each can lift ourselves above the fray -- life's circumstances, negativity and excuses -- is the true message of Thanksgiving that I see. Because, if we're truly thankful, then we will know that our lives have a higher purpose, and our expression of gratitude is to live out that purpose.

How Facebook Gives Me A Voice After ALS Took It Away

Hiro Fujita | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News
Hiro Fujita

In January, I had to get a tracheotomy so I now breathe through a tube. This means I can no longer speak, but it does not mean I am giving up. My friends give me strength and I will keep fighting. For myself. For others. For a cure. My voice is louder now that ALS took it away.

Who Cares About ALS?

Randy Pipkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Randy Pipkin

As Mark and I have gone through this journey and experienced a literal parade of personalities walk into our lives, we have come to realize that no one will ever be perfect. We also know our lives are changed forever and this is the new normal. Plain and simple, caregivers are part of our life now.

WATCH: Father's Final Months Documented For Son In 'I Am Breathing'

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.09.2013 | Parents

In the span of just one year, Neil Platt, a healthy 30-something, became paralyzed from the neck down, due to ALS, or as it's commonly known, Lou Gehr...

Make My Day, Machu Picchu, The Finale

Kevin Swan | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Kevin Swan

When you're on the side of a mountain in the middle of a range chock full of them, dusk turns to darkness in an instant. We were on hour six of our four hour hike, our large group of 25 people, all walking the same treacherous trail.

'A-Rod,' What Would Lou Gehrig Say?

Randy Pipkin | Posted 10.06.2013 | Sports
Randy Pipkin

Dear Mr. Rodriquez, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge your recent comments about "fighting for your life." I would like you to understand what that profound, emotional claim truly means.

I Have ALS, No Need to Shout!

Randy Pipkin | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Randy Pipkin

Ever since I was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), I have noticed that people are 100 percent confused about the deadly disease. I need to set the record straight: people with ALS (PALS) can see, hear and perfectly understand what you're saying.

LOOK: Paralyzed Artist Creates Beautiful Paintings -- With Her Brain

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 07.19.2013 | Arts

In 2007, German teacher Heide Pfüetzner's life changed forever when she was diagnosed with the devastating disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS...

Imagine a World Without ALS

Nell Tredway Hardy | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Nell Tredway Hardy

For anyone out there who donates to find a cure, thank you! This is about living, taking the next step, beating the odds. Fifteen people are diagnosed with ALS every day. Don't let this disease happen to you or your spouse. Or your neighbor. Or your child. The cure is closer than ever.

Make My Day, Machu Picchu Part 2

Kevin Swan | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Kevin Swan

On the most difficult stretches, I could feel the breath from every one of the men carrying me. Which made me wonder: if my body was tired, what did their bodies feel like? How did they have the capacity, the energy, the drive to continue to lift my chair over and over again?

Former Massachusetts Governor Dies

AP | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

BOSTON -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci (sel-LOO'-chee) has died of complications from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was...