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Old 03-05-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3
Chase452 HB User
Re: ALS - Last Phase

ALS is so varied and so different for each person
My father passed away from ALS October 31,2012
He had been fighting the disease for 2 years and was not compleetly paralized but he was begining not to be able to walk any longer. The morning he passed he took a shower with the help of a nurse, got dressed and sitting in his chair. He had compleet resperatory failure that morning and just drifted off to sleep. My dad had a feeding tube and was on oxygen and had a bi-pap for nightime. Up until the week of his passing he was walking rather well with the aid of a walker.
This disease is horrible and robs the person of the very basics of life, walking, talking, eating...
Like I said to begin I can't tell you what to expect but things can happen fast with this disease. They say that when the doctor puts you on Oxygen your time is short. My dad did have some pre-existing conditions but when he was diagnosed he had been a strong man. He was a fireman when I was growing up. He was so brave dealing with it and trying to keep a good humour through it all.
I wish you and your family all the best and you will be in my thoughts.