Stem Cell Rejuvenation Center

Phoenix, AZ

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I was diagnosed with ALS in January 2005, 10 days before my 50th birthday. Currently, there are 27 PALS (Persons Living with ALS), residing in our province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Don **, one of the 27, resolves to wage his own personal war against this dreaded disease and do "everything in his power" to raise awareness about this horrendous condition.

Although, he has to sometimes use a walker or a motorized scooter to move from one place to another, this St. John's native still gets around. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) in January 2005, this 56 year-old IT and Business Analyst has been battling the disease. "I am truly Blessed," says Don "because I am doing so well. I am strong. I have to fight for all of those who are too sick to fight for themselves." Don had a busy 30-year career in the IT field, including 10 years owning his own IT consulting firm.

He is the very proud grandfather of Grady who turned 2 in April. He also has two grown children Susan and Tom. He maintained an active life until weakness forced him to withdraw from the business world. Difficulty lifting and extending his left arm in March 2004, led him to believe that the weakness might stem from a pinched nerve. A consultation with a neurologist and extensive specialized testing brought the shocking diagnosis of ALS.

"This certainly wasn't something that I ever thought would happen," he says. "We really didn't believe it at first." Although stunned, Don quickly resolved to do everything he could to slow the disease's progression. "I was blessed to receive some priceless advice from a very dear friend, Len **, whose brother had died of ALS in December of the previous year," Don says. "He explained that there were two choices; #1 he could live with ALS, or #2 he could die from ALS." Len told him, "The choice yours, there is no right or wrong choice."

Don made his choice right then and there. "The choice was to live with ALS!" So far, he has not looked back. For a man as independent as he had been throughout his life, it was difficult to accept that he could no longer do the things almost everyone took for granted. His resolve to remain as active and independent as he could for as long as he could keeps him going.

What is ALS? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Characterized primarily by rapidly progressing weakness and muscle atrophy, the disease currently has no known definitive cause, and no cure. Approximately 50 percent of ALS patients die within 3-5 years of diagnosis. My daughter found out through ** that the procedures offered here are not medically valid. I almost lost $15,000 - $20,000.

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