If you typed in www.friends4eric.org you are likely wondering “How did I get here?”. On May 21, 2015, I swapped my home domain to here, www.ericvalor.org. Not only did I switch my home domain, I also consolidated my old blog site to here, on the Eric’s Blog tab. Welcome to my new home. Let me know how you like the new digs.
Eric Valor had just turned 36 when he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Before this time, he was an avid surfer, snowboarder and scuba diver. The continued advance of ALS led to his early retirement by February 2008. In July of 2008, Eric suffered a pulmonary event that required a tracheotomy and the permanent use of a ventilator. By this time he had also lost his ability to eat and was fed through a tube to his stomach. You can learn more by reading his “My History With ALS”.
Since 2008, Eric has required 24/7 ventilation monitoring and care. He is completely dependent on a team of health caregivers and local family members, all of whom are specifically trained for ALS patient care and ventilation management.
Unfortunately, insurance does not extend benefit coverage for paid caregivers and funds are continuously needed to help maintain Eric’s quality of life at home. Other than the three current facilities of The ALS Residence Initiative, there are no extended care facilities that serve patients like Eric, people who are completely dependent on a ventilator and need constant monitoring by others to survive.
Eric’s team of caregivers take fine care of Eric and have become extended family.
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