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Tennessee Chapter / ALS Association
Carianne Meystrik: A True ALS Hero
Carianne “Cari” Meystrik is a true hero to her family, friends and the entire staff at The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter. Cari and her husband Chris had only been married for 6 ½ years when she was diagnosed with ALS in 1998 while pregnant with her fourth child. The couple thought their dreams of growing old together and raising a family were over. Instead, despite the various obstacles brought on by ALS, the Meystrik family has had incredible adventures and made precious memories that carry them through the tough times.
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Five Facts to Help Maintain Good Nutrition When Living With ALS
While good nutrition is important for everyone, it can be very challenging for people living with ALS to maintain a healthy diet due to chewing and swallowing difficulties. Improper nutrition can cause people to feel tired, lower their resistance to infection, speed the loss of muscle mass, cause constipation and lead to a host of other health problems. Below are some important facts to know and tips on maintaining good nutrition despite having ALS.
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Wisconsin Chapter
CheeseWheel: Making Tracks
The history of the Wisconsin "CheeseWheel" and the ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter
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Wisconsin Chapter
Hometown Hero: Mike Howe
The first one to show, the last one to go with smiles and laughs the whole way through. ALSA Wisconsin Chapter Volunteer Mike "Mr. Smiley" Howe, is our Hometown Hero this month.
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Florida Chapter
Ricky and Carole Neal – When Love Collides
Ricky and Carole Neal met on July 4th, 1985 at a car crash scene and experienced what some call "love at first sight." In the face of ALS, the couple moves forward together building mountains of support around them.
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Troy Fields: A True ALS Hero
In 2016, Troy Fields had everything going for him. A beautiful and growing family. A highly successful and satisfying career that allowed him to travel internationally. But he also started to notice signs that something wasn’t quite right. After treatment for cancer and a battery of other tests, his ALS diagnosis was eventually confirmed. Instead of focusing on what he was going to lose, Troy opted to channel his energies to be an agent of change for the ALS community.
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Florida Chapter
Loving Between the Divide
Despite divorce amidst the ALS diagnosis, Gladys and Hector Villalobos remain friends and proud grandparents. Their hearts remain full of love for their family.
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ALS Association
“Unlock ALS” Takes on an Exciting New Look at Walk to Defeat ALS® Events this Spring
Spring feels like it’s just around the corner for most of us, and that means ALS communities nationwide are preparing to kick off their 2022 Walk to Defeat ALS® events. And if the hard work and dedication we see each year from our incredible volunteers and families is any indication, it’s sure to be yet another amazing opportunity to join the fight for all those impacted by ALS.
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Dr. Heidi Tarr Henson: Gather your Courage
Heidi Tarr Henson, diagnosed with ALS last spring, shares thoughts about her personal journey living with the disease, what courage means to her and how she strives every day to embrace and live by this powerful virtue.
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Sarah Trott: ALS and Handling Grief and Loss
Connecting ALS recently sat down with Sarah Trott to learn more about her experience as an ALS caregiver for her father who recently lost his battle with ALS, and better understand the challenges with grief she has experienced and the steps she is taking to overcome her terrible loss.
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ALS Responds to NIH Request for Input: Speed Matters in ALS Research
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) issued a request for input recently to help guide its work supporting ALS research. The ALS Association is submitting input telling the agency that speed matters. We are encouraging NINDS and the rest of NIH to focus to find ways to use research to advance the health of people with ALS as quickly as possible.
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Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science with Dr. Allison Ebert
​Each year on February 11, the world celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science Day. This year we’re shining a spotlight on Dr. Allison Ebert, Ph.D., Leadership Team Member at The ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter & professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Ebert breaks down the challenges of finding effective therapies for people living with ALS and the important work happening in her lab.
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Feeding Tubes: What You Need to Know to Help in Decision Making
In most people’s journey living with ALS, they will be faced with the decision of using a feeding tube to help maintain proper nutrition and enhance their quality of life. The following resources have been developed to provide you with the knowledge you need to help make this decision with the minimum amount of stress and difficulty. 
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