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April 04, 2017

A Message of Gratitude from Father Sophronios: Patient, Advocate, and Friend to Thousands

As we have seen firsthand, ALS is known for what it takes away from people living with the disease and their loved ones. However, Father Sophronios, a Greek Orthodox monk living with ALS for more than seven years, reminds all of us how important it is to reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives. He wrote this post using a special program that allows him to type and communicate with his eyes.

"On this day, I thank God for the many things He gives me to ease the suffering associated with ALS.

I am grateful for my eyesight, which allows me to take in so many visuals that bring me joy every day.

I am grateful for my hearing, which allows me to hear my loved ones and the sounds of nature.

I am grateful for my sense of touch, which allows me to feel a hug or a touch of my hand.

I am grateful for my mind, which allows me to think, communicate and comprehend concepts large and small.

I am grateful for my prayer life which allows me to communicate with God.

I am grateful for the technology, which keeps me alive and allows me to be in touch with friends, family and other people living with ALS.

I am grateful for the doctors and scientists who are on the front lines of the fight against ALS.

I am grateful for the donors who support the research to find a cure.

I am grateful for the people of ALS Worldwide who have dedicated their lives to helping people living with ALS around the world.

I believe each one of us has the gift to awake each morning and be grateful for something despite the challenges we face.

I pray your heart and soul finds comfort in this gratitude."

May God Bless You