As May comes to an end, so does National ALS Awareness Month. ALS is the more common term for the medical condition amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, a physical disability that affects many people in West Virginia.
Each year more than 5,600 people are diagnosed with this neurodegenerative disease. The disease is progressive, so someone who is diagnosed with the condition may initially appear fine, but he or she will slowly have the pathways in his or her brain and spinal cord attacked and destroyed. Because this is an extremely serious condition with no known cure, the Social Security Administration has put it on its list of "Compassionate Allowances."