So today I did the ALS ice bucket challenge with two of my out-of-school friends and my sister (late, I know, because I was recovering from sickness), and it was freezing! Not to mention, my mum totally messed up and didn't record it the first time, so we had to do it again. I also forgot a change of underwear...
However, I'm not here to blog about my ice bucket challenge. I'm not even here to blog about Taylor Swift's or Barack Obama's or any other famous figure pouring cold water over themselves. No. I'm here to talk about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS.
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Basically, it causes the ability of the brain to control parts of the body to be lost, progressively. This means that people with ALS slowly lose their ability to function their hands, arms, legs, and eventually their heart and lungs. For those of you who know who Stephen Hawking is, ALS is something like what he has.
I actually knew a girl in primary school who had a degenerative muscle disease. At the time she was already in a wheelchair. When I first knew her she could still walk a little, but she was slowly unable to walk at all. Then she started losing movement in her arms. She was unable to do pretty braids anymore. Just imagine how scary it would be, knowing that you would eventually lose all movement, that you would eventually be unable to breathe on your own.
Watch this whole video to understand a little more...
Yeah, so for the masses of people who have done the challenge, or even if you haven't, donate now at ALS donate to support research for a cure to this terrifying disease.