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ALS Worldwide
September 09, 2015

Staying Positive With ALS

Steve Heronemus was diagnosed with ALS/MND a decade ago, but he's not letting that stop him from doing what he loves most. Thanks to a customized mechanical system installed on his boat, Steve was able to sail around the Sheboygan Harbor in Wisconsin using just one finger and a bite tube that he controls with his mouth. Of his triumphant return to sailing, Steve said "This trip is an affirmation that I am living with ALS and not dying of it."

To view The Milwaukee Journal Setinel's full article about Steve, click here.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a sense of optimism can increase life span, lower rates of depression and distress, and improve coping skills. To develop your ability to think positively, Mayo Clinic suggests being open to humor, exercising regularly, following a healthy diet and surrounding oneself with supportive people.

At ALS Worldwide, we encourage you to live life as fully as possible. Invite friends and family over for the evening. Take the trip you planned. Go out to dinner, see a movie, get tickets to a concert or theatrical performance. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as its meaningful, enjoyable and provides satisfaction. Ask your loved ones to help you make it happen. Not only will you feel an improved sense of well being, but those around you will benefit as well.

What do you do to stay positive? Let us know by submitting a perspective at alsworldwide.org/perspectives/share-a-perspective.