Client Spotlight: The Impact of Your Dollars
In 2012, Kristine fell inexplicably and broke her ankle. As someone who admits to having always had a propensity for losing her balance, she wasn’t too concerned at the time. However, within four months, she started developing drop foot, an abnormality in a person’s gait due to weakness in the muscles, and her symptoms became progressively worse.
Subsequent falls lead to a broken sternum, broken ribs, stitches and countless bruises, prompting Kristine to visit a neurologist. After receiving various diagnoses, such as hereditary spastic paraplegia and primary lateral sclerosis, her diagnosis of upper motor neuron predominant ALS was confirmed in July 2016.
Living with ALS has forced Kristine and her family to make some adjustments. For example, they had to move from their family home because she could no longer walk up and down the stairs. Everyday tasks such as getting dressed, taking a shower and getting in and out of bed now require helping hands, which Kristine is fortunate to have. “I’ve been loaned lots of equipment from ALS Canada during the various stages I’ve gone through,” she recalls. “For example, a scooter, several bath transfer chairs, a transport chair, a tilting bath/commode chair, a hospital bed, a mattress, and most recently a Hoyer lift.”