I was diagnosed the spring of 2015 with ALS. I originally believed I was experiencing the first signs of carpal tunnel due to paralysis starting in my hands but was shocked to find out it was ALS. At the time I knew very little about this disease. One of the most treasured activities I miss since my progression of ALS is playing music. I always believed music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. Like most other people getting diagnosed with ALS it is extremely overwhelming not only for myself but for my friends, family and love ones. At first you don't know the future and how you will live with this disease. To go from being physically active to my current state which is my body slowly becoming my own prison. At first I didn't know how everyone around me would react to my disease. It didn't take long to realize who around me would be there for me during my journey. My biggest advice to others with ALS is not to allow ALS to define you but let how you live with ALS define you. You need to look for something positive in each and every day even if some days you have to look a little harder than others. Today's moments are tomorrow's memories. You need to take everything one day at a time and to make the time you have to be positive not only for your self but for others around you. You need to laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, apologize when you should and to let go what you can't change. You need to enjoy life today because yesterday is already gone and tomorrow is never promised. You might ask "How can ALS be positive?" Well, you can be positive in your heart, attitude and to others. Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass but learning how to dance in the rain from the storm. I choose to be happy and to make others happy. I make the time I have to be memorable not only for myself but for everyone around me. It can be hard but whenever I find myself doubting how far I can go I remember how far I've already come, everything I've already faced, battles I've already won, fears I've already overcame and in the end it's not the amount of years in your life that matter it's the life you've lived within those years. You can't have a cure for ALS unless you go out in the community and show others what ALS is. Sometimes seeing is believing. I try to educate people about ALS. You will find most people know nothing about it's effects on you and your family. Education is the key to our understanding this debilitating disease. Education, research, money and time will determine when there is a cure for ALS. I want to personally thank my friends, family and especially my wife for always inspiring me even when I felt hopeless and down. I would also want to thank anyone supporting their family member, their friend, their coworker or their neighbor who has ALS. Individually we are only a drop but together we are an ocean. Remember our strength comes from the support of our love ones, caregivers and the community. Love recognizes no barriers, it jumps all hurdles, leaps all fences and tares down impenetrable walls to arrive at its destination which is hope! Thank you and God Bless!