EXCLUSIVE: Local priest opens adult about ALS conflict – WRDW
May 23, 2017 - als
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Every 90 minutes, someone in a U.S. is diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also ordinarily famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named for a late initial baseman and energy hitter for a New York Yankees. Gehrig was stricken with a neurodegenerative illness that causes robust atrophy and forced into retirement during age 36. He died dual years later.
In fact, doctors contend many people with ALS die within 3 to 5 years of being diagnosed. The fast on-going illness causes a mind and muscles to stop communicating. It’s something Rev. Dr. Charles Goodman, Jr., priest of Augusta’s ancestral Tabernacle Baptist Church, began saying in his right hand.
“I started feeling insensibility on my right side,” says Goodman. “It was unequivocally progressing. we suspicion it was carpel hovel and even wore a brace. People are vacant during my priesthood ability and things like that. But, what they don’t know is, we can’t use my right hand. we can’t write good with it. So, I’m forced to memorize my sermons.”
His mind is sharp, as ALS does not impact that partial of a body. Doctors contend it does lead to respiratory failure, stoppage and, eventually, death. About 50% of ALS patients live during slightest dual years after a diagnosis; 20% live 5 years or more, and adult to 10% tarry some-more than 10 years.
Upon training of his diagnosis in 2001 during a age of 21, Goodman was given dual years to live.
“I’m thinking, ‘Man, we usually have dual years to live.’ When we get a diagnosis like that we feel like we have to do something. we suspicion if we have usually dual years, if I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die going hard.”
It’s a go-hard truth of heated workouts, correct diet and what he calls a healthy sip of request and faith that continues to this day. Experimental drugs, he says, didn’t work. He has selected not to stability saying a doctor. He travels extensively and when possible, shares his story to inspire others. Now, 16 years after he was initial diagnosed, he says he believes he is a miracle, contrast himself to a modern-day Hezekiah, a impression in a bible whose life was extended after praying to God.
“I unequivocally feel like God gave me renewed purpose. So, if we can assistance one or two, it was value it,” pronounced Goodman.
This week, a FDA announced a new drug to provide ALS. It’s a initial remedy to be denounced for a diagnosis of a illness in 20 years. Rev. Goodman says he doesn’t advise anyone to not see a doctor; however, he has selected to continue on his possess trail to healing.