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Lou Gehrigs Disease

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.

The 'Dis-Ease' of Disease: Who's Living Well?

Craig Bowron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Craig Bowron

We've all heard stories from cancer survivors or cancer non-survivors about how the cancer made them more alive than ever, about how it brought their world out of black and white and into Technicolor, like Dorothy landing in Oz.

From Death to Life

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

The story starts, in my life, when I was first a student in college. I grew up an atheist, and I did not discover Judaism and religion until I was a student in college. In fact, I met God and Elana the same semester; it was clearly my season of love!

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...

Destined to Die for Not Fitting In?

Randy Pipkin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Randy Pipkin

What's so painful for me and people like me? It's simple. We do not qualify for the few meaningful clinical trials tied to treatments that could potentially save our lives.

'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.

WATCH: Their Touching Love Story Will Bring You To Tears

Posted 07.17.2013 | Weddings

After the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last month, John Arthur and his partner of 20 years, Jim Obergefell, decided it was fi...

Steve Gleason Accepts Fired Radio Hosts' Apology

Posted 06.19.2013 | Sports

The radio hosts who were fired for mocking former NFL player Steve Gleason have apologized for their on-air antics this week, admitting their comments...

Waiting for a Breakthrough -- One Person's ALS Story

Randy Pipkin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Randy Pipkin

I was enjoying a great life in Manhattan as a marketing executive until one sentence forever changed my life: "You have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis....

Not to Worry, My Sister, Not to Worry

Caroline Tredway | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Caroline Tredway

During May, ALS Awareness Month, let's pay special tribute to my sister Nell, all the others living with this disease, and those who have gone before them. Think of them the next time you take a step. Embrace your child. Speak softly to your loved one.

Family Affected By Sandy Now Facing Health Crisis

Brian Penny | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Brian Penny

It's been six months since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast. While the media and majority of the American public have largely moved on to other...

Still Lucky

Susan Spencer-Wendel | Posted 04.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Spencer-Wendel

It's odd to think of my autopilot life, the one before. Working at a job I loved and navigating the daily dance of sibling warfare, homework and appointments. Then one night I looked down at my left hand. "Holy shit," I yelped. "You need to go to the doctor," John said.

Dawn Clark Netsch: Illinois Leader and Childhood Hero Dies at 86

Anna Leahy | Posted 05.05.2013 | Chicago
Anna Leahy

Dawn Clark Netsch was the first woman I really admired. I was five years old and in awe of her--her voice, her clothes, her ideas. When she spoke, she knew what she was talking about. I wanted my hair cut just like hers. I wanted to grow up and be like her.

Allman Brothers Band Guitarist Dies From ALS: What Is It?

Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living

Dan Toler, who played guitar in the Allman Brothers Band, has passed away from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to news reports. He was 65. ...

Former Allman Brothers Guitarist Dies At Age 65

Posted 02.26.2013 | Celebrity

Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dan Toler has died at the age of 65, reports Billboard.com. Steve Fayette, a friend of Toler's, confirmed on...

Former Ad Man Turns His Disease Into His Next Client

Kevin Swan | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Kevin Swan

As if being diagnosed with a terminal disease (for the record, I have no intention of letting this beat me) isn't bad enough, it is a disease that the general public has never heard of or knows very little about.

Nine Years, Three Concussions, Zero Regrets

Kevin Swan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Kevin Swan

No press is bad press when it comes to creating awareness and action around a disease as devastating as ALS. After the conclusion of the AFC champions...

A Swan That Chose Fight Over Flight

Kevin Swan | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Kevin Swan

It had taken nearly 18 months from the day I noticed my first symptom to get to that exam room. I suppose in the back of my mind, I always suspected or maybe even knew it was ALS.

WATCH: The Ravens' Inspiration Deliver Postgame Speech

AP | By HOWARD ULMAN | Posted 03.22.2013 | Sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — O.J. Brigance is going back to the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, a model of toughness and perseverance. ...

In Life, Business, and Death: The Number One Quality to Achieve Excellence

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 03.17.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Stacey Alcorn

The thought of him being able to communicate with the world truly excited me, and I thought he would be equally enthusiastic. "Nobody wanted my opinions on politics before... I doubt they want them now," the automated machine chirped back. Even as he was dying, he was funny.

Don't Be Disabled by Disabilities!

Alexandra Holzer | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Alexandra Holzer

Still today, much remains lacking in accepting that as a society healthy or disabled, we must help one another and pay it forward.

I Set a World Record and Swam the English Channel -- Four Months After Breast Cancer Surgery

Amanda Mercer | Posted 12.12.2012 | Women
Amanda Mercer

"I discussed your desire to swim the Channel with the doctors on the tumor review board, and I'm sorry, but no one believes that you will be able to do it. The fatigue from the chemo will be too great." I looked at my husband and thought they don't know me.

Lawmakers Want Lou Gehrig's Medical Records

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 10.05.2012 | Sports

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some Minnesota lawmakers hope to force the release of Lou Gehrig's medical records, saying they might provide insight into whether the ...