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Celebrating ALS Caregivers for National Family Caregivers Month

by | Nov 1, 2021

“There are only four kinds of people in the world.
Those who have been caregivers.
Those who are currently caregivers.
Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”
― Rosalyn Carter

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. While ALS Texas has focused on these things year round, November provides us a bonus opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate our community, support caregiver self-care, and mental health, and increase support for ALS Texas caregivers of all ages.

We look forward to celebrating all of the amazing caregivers in our ALS community in November!

Tonya Hitschmann, Director of Community Programs

National Family Caregivers Month Events

We hosted several exciting events in November 2021 in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. Check out the recordings below!

Veteran’s Caregiver Interview with Laura Garey

For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ALS than civilians. ALS Caregiver Lara Garey joined us to discuss the experience of caring for a loved one who is a veteran with ALS.

Trauma-Informed Yoga with Ebony Smith

Watch this event in your most comfy yoga pants to experience the healing power of yoga with Ebony Smith from Yoga N Da Hood.

National Family Caregivers Month Interview with Special Guest, Broadcast Journalists & Podcast Host, Sarah Trott

Many might remember Sarah Trott from earlier this year as a contestant on the 25th season of The Bachelor. What you might not know is that she is deeply connected to the ALS community. Her father, Tom, was diagnosed with ALS in 2016. At age 19, Sarah’s worldview and priorities dramatically shifted as her father and family battled the disease. A few years into her dad’s diagnosis, Sarah temporarily paused her career in broadcast television as a TV reporter and anchor to move home and help her mother and sister with caregiving. On October 20, 2021, in a loving tribute on social media, Sarah shared, “You hung up your jersey last Friday after a hard fight with ALS. Six years of extra innings and surpassing everyone’s expectations both physically and mentally.” Sarah now works with local and national ALS organizations to advocate for research and caregiver support. She visited with our ALS Texas community to share her experience as a young ALS caregiver and offer resources for young caregivers.

How ALS Patients Can Help

Once you’ve been diagnosed with ALS, it’s easy to feel like you just don’t have many options, but there are ways you can make a difference.

How You Can Help People With ALS

We all have a part to play in the fight against ALS! Your generous support funds critical research for better treatments and a cure for this disease. Here are a few ways you can help: