In Pink Ribbon
activities news, an Oregon citizen hasn't let multiple diagnoses of various diseases stop her from remaining active in the advocacy of serious illnesses.
Fifty-nine-year-old Barbara Brenner has survived two separate bouts with breast cancer, USA Today reports. She directed the Breast Cancer Action (BCA) advocacy group for 15 years. The BCA focuses on supporting people and families struggling with breast cancer and promoting awareness and breast cancer research.
Now, Brenner is dealing with a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS slowly paralyzes vital muscles that are required for speech, swallowing and breathing. Despite her grim prognosis, Brenner continues to support others through her blogs.
"My condition is not one in which I can hope to find that, after a good night's sleep, some problem I've been dealing with has gone away," Brenner told the source. She uses her blogs to report on her own situation so that others with serious illnesses know they aren't alone.
According to PubMed Health, ALS can be inherited, but the cause of the disease is generally unknown. Roughly five of every 100,000 people will be diagnosed with ALS, normally after the age of 50.