Lou Gehrig 's Disease And The Body Essay

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Lou Gehrig’s Disease and the Body
An average of about 30,000 people from the United States have Lou Gehrig’s disease, and 5,000 are diagnosed every year (Aebischer. Kato,. 2007). Although this disease is not diagnosed as often as something like cancer, it is still a tragic illness that slowly kills its victim. Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal disease that attacks nerve cells (Aebischer. 2007). These nerve cells connect to the brain and spinal cord which causes weakening in the muscles, which eventually causes paralysis in its victim (Aebischer. 2007). ALS is a terrifying illness that slowly takes the life of its target, torturing them with every last breath they take.
ALS usually targets people between the ages of 40-70 (Aebischer. 2007). However, it is not uncommon for younger and older people to develop the disease (Aebischer. 2007). When a patient is first diagnosed with the illness they are given approximately three to five years to live (Aebischer. 2007). Imagine being only 40 years old and having a doctor tell you that you have three to five years to live. That kind of shock can ruin someone’s life. Not only the person diagnosed is affected, but their family is being told their loved one only has a certain amount of time before they are gone forever. However, some can either outlive, or die before their death sentence. Stephen Hawking for example has been living with Lou Gehrig’s disease for over 40 years (Aebischer.…

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