Fighting ALS with positivity and hope for Elias Makos

Fighting ALS with positivity and hope for Elias Makos

“Fighting with Positivity and Hope” – Elias Makos
When my 74-year-old mother began having mobility issues, my family assumed that old age was finally getting to my active mother who had always been a dynamo. But as different treatments failed to show any results, doctors began to suspect something far more

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The lockdown through the eyes of Chantal Lanthier

The lockdown through the eyes of Chantal Lanthier

OUR LOCKDOWN IS REAL.
Locked inside my own body, confined to my wheelchair, deprived of my independence and freedom.
The COVID-19 pandemic and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, have a lot in common.
The pandemic has forced us all to isolate to some degree,

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Illusion

Illusion

By Chantal Lanthier, living with ALS since 2013
Illusion
“You’re only as old as you feel!”
We’ve all heard that expression, right? Obviously, the older you get, the more your body starts to fail you. Yet, many of the older people I know tell me they feel “young inside” and

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At a loss for words

At a loss for words

By Chantal Lanthier, living with ALS since 2013
At a loss for words
I’m often told that my eyes speak volumes. Good thing, because I don’t have a voice anymore. Of all the losses I’ve had to go through over the past five years because of this disease, my voice

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Chantal Lanthier’s column

Chantal Lanthier’s column

Are you more a beach person or a hiking person? When you think about relaxing, what comes to mind? I’m sure that whatever you pictured, it has something to do with nature. As for me, I can’t get enough of long walks in the woods. The time I spend surrounded

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James Benoit: the game of a lifetime

James Benoit: the game of a lifetime

November 18, 2015. The coach of the Sherbrooke Bulldogs and former coach of the Vert et Or, James Benoit, is preparing to face his biggest opponent, on an unknown field: ALS. The next day, he wipes off the last tears that stream down his cheeks and decides to play the

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Dr Michael Strong’s Story

Dr Michael Strong’s Story

Science and medicine in the family genes
Lucille Ball famously said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” The axiom applies to Dr. Michael Strong.  The title on his business card reads:  Dean, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Distinguished University Professor, Professor, Department

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Dr Heather Durham’s Story

Dr Heather Durham’s Story

Research is in her blood
Heather Durham, PhD won’t be paddling off in a kayak any time soon.  The researcher who focuses primarily on understanding amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has no intention of hanging up her lab coat when she turns 65, the traditional age of retirement.  While she might enjoy

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