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David Judd: Living Well With ALS

David’s ALS symptoms started gradually, as he noticed he lacked the dexterity to button his shirts and his balance became unsteady.  

What started out as small inconveniences grew into larger challenges. Many doctors’ appointments later, he sat in his neurologist’s office and in 2019 heard the dreaded words: You have ALS.  

But receiving this news didn’t stop David from giving back – he wants to pay it forward after receiving technical support for voice-banking and also financial assistance from the chapter grants program.  

One way David gives back is by being an active presence at ALS support groups – he listens and shares with others. He says, “I try to do the best job I can to be of service to other people who have ALS and to help them through it.”  

Life isn’t over with ALS. Hobbies that once occupied your time, take on new shapes. For example, although he can’t ride his bike anymore, he still gets coffee and pastries with his bike buddies every week. David has learned to appreciate time with his wife, children and grandchildren in a whole new way too.  

He says, “I still try and find joy in the simple things that I am able to see and do. Our job is to do the best we can to make the most of the time we have.” 

David’s story reminds us that no family is alone on this journey. We’re here for you!  

David was featured in our 2021 annual report.

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