The ALS Association

A Healthy Perspective about ALS

Michael G. Bowie, Maryland

The day after I received a tentative diagnosis of ALS, in August 2012, an idea for a blog came to me, and I reserved the name innovationlifelove.org. Since then, I've written and posted several dozen poems and essays, photos, and research and advocacy information. This endeavor has helped me maintain a healthy perspective and keeps me actively engaged with family and friends, while introducing me to new contacts. I was happy to see that an essay inspired by ALS Advocacy Day, "Crossing the Delaware", reached many readers worldwide http://innovationlifelove.org/2014/05/16/crossing-the-delaware/. Many of my poems have been inspired by the traveling we did in 2013. Attached is a photo of my family in the Galapagos Islands, a magical place. I just posted my first humorous piece about ALS, "The lighter side of living with ALS" http://innovationlifelove.org/2014/07/06/the-lighter-side-of-living-with-als/. It can be crushingly difficult to deal with a progressive incurable terminal disease, but I find it to be easier if I can find and cherish the good, funny, and positive things in life, and share them with other people.

 
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