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Lou Gehrigs Disease

75 Years Later, Lou Gehrig's "Luckiest Man on the Face of Earth" Speech, Remains the Greatest Speech in Sports History

Dave Kreissman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

On July 4, 1939 a frail Henry Louis Gehrig stepped in front of a packed crowd at Yankee Stadium. The Manhattan-native knew he was sick, but he was unaware that his illness (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS) would soon claim his life.

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.

75 Years Later, Gehrig's Still the Man

Ken Reed | Posted 06.09.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Gehrig was not only a great baseball player, he was a great man. Not only did he set a standard that all baseball players can aspire to, as Landis pointed out, he also set a standard that all human beings can aim for, whatever role they play in life.

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.

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.