I was the happiest dad in the world last week.
With a boutonniere on his lapel, my eldest son Matthew was leaving for his prom, and there was no way I was going to miss seeing him off! It’s at times like these that I think how lucky I am, despite living with ALS.
I may find it harder and harder to talk, but that doesn’t stop me from letting my three beautiful children know I’m so proud of them, or from smiling as I watch them grow.
My arms may be less powerful than when I proudly wore #22, but I’ll still feel the greeting of your hand on my shoulder if we meet some day.
I’m still the same.
Determined. Humble. Positive.
My mind is still the same.
And that’s true of everyone, like me, who lives with a disease that locks us little by little inside our bodies.
Don’t stop coming to visit us, talk to us, laugh with us, eat and celebrate with us. Don’t be afraid of those three little letters, even if you’re worried that you won’t know what to say.
We’ll break the ice together, and stand shoulder to shoulder against ALS.
Thanks for your support,
Former Montreal Alouettes Fullback,
Diagnosed in 2005
During ALS Awareness Month, Michael and the ALS Society of Quebec invite you to join our fight and help break the isolation of people with ALS and their families. It’s easy! Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #Letsbreaktheice and make a special gift to provide support for people with ALS, those who care for them, and for those who are grieving. Thank you for being on our team!