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Fighting Against & Managing ALS – Participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge | Fedelta Home Care, Seattle WA
July 15, 2015
Fighting Against & Managing ALS – Participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge
Last summer, July 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge became a viral campaign for the ALS community. There is a bit of debate on how exactly it started, however somehow between a few celebrities challenging each other it started to become a sensation. The ice bucket challenge is to dump ice water on yourself while having someone video tape you so it can be shared online, and it is encouraged to donate money to the ALS Association. The campaign is helping to spread awareness, fundraise, and fight against the disease by trying to find a cure.
Groups or individuals can accept the ice bucket challenge, record the video, challenge several friends, post on social media with a hashtag, and give money to fight against ALS. The more people who participate, the more the awareness is spread about the disease and the faster we can find a cure.
The disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that impacts about 5,000 people each year. The disease is difficult to diagnose, however symptoms that are seen are often the progressive loss of ability to talk, swallow, walk, move, and breathe. ALS is also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, since it was brought to national and international attention after it ended the beloved Lou Gehrig’s baseball career in 1939.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ALS it is important to understand that your health and safety is important and will change over the course of the disease. It can be manageable and helpful to start receiving extra care earlier in the stages of the disease.
Starting treatment options can help you in managing your ALS symptoms and here at Fedelta, not only do we understand disease management, we are sure to adapt our care plan as often as your disease changes. We have ongoing Registered Nurse (RN) assessments to ensure necessary safety provisions or physical modifications are made as needed. We are sure to select caregivers who have specialized in care for ALS and know how to support your ongoing physical and emotional challenges.
If you or your loved one are battling ALS take some necessary next steps including fighting against the disease with supporting the Ice Bucket Challenge, or finding a great caregiver to assist in managing the disease.
“Someday we’ll be able to name a cure after Lou Gehrig instead of a disease.” – ALS Association