Breathe! When I run, I think a lot about breathing. Breathing in and out. Working hard to breathe. Incredible gratitude for the opportunity to breathe hard. Grateful for the sun and wind and sweat on my face.
I think about the people I serve, Many labor just to breathe. I watch them working so hard and I involuntarily bring my hand to my heart and exhale long and slowly.
With David Garber, one of my favorite people in the whole wide world, I end up breathing in rhythm with him long after I leave him for the day. His ventilator makes a perfectly-timed swooshing inhale/exhale sound that's as familiar to me as the jazz that plays non-stop in his house. When I clear his lungs with his cough assist machine, he tells me that it feels good; that it's a workout for his lungs.
CCALS is dedicated to providing comfort and care in an uncomplicated way to individuals and families suffering from ALS. We do such good work, and I hope you'll support me!