Longtime WAFB radio news anchor Donna Britt diagnosed with …
July 28, 2017 - als
Having already survived breast cancer, WAFB-TV news anchor Donna Britt now knows a inlet of her latest medical challenge.
The longtime internal radio celebrity has amyotrophic parallel sclerosis, or ALS, she announced Thursday afternoon. Britt has had flesh debility for a past 9 months and has posted updates on her condition on Facebook. But she did not have a diagnosis until 3 days of medical tests this week during a Houston Methodist Neurological Institute.
ALS is a on-going neurodegenerative illness that affects haughtiness cells in a mind and a spinal cord. Motor neurons strech from a mind to a spinal cord and from a spinal cord to a muscles via a body, causing a detriment of flesh control, stoppage and, eventually, death.
Britt, 59, is regulating a wheelchair, according to WAFB. The illness has influenced both legs, one arm and 8 fingers, she pronounced Thursday.
“Plans going brazen are to accommodate any new plea and master it,” Britt said. “Dr. (Sheetal) Shross says that how prolonged we live depends on how good we can tarry any new turn of challenge. So, we devise to do each one.”
ALS also is famous as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, named for a New York Yankees star who was forced to retire from ball in 1939 during age 36 and who died in 1941. Other obvious people with ALS embody former New Orleans Saints actor Steve Gleason and English fanciful physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking.
Hawking is a rarity, carrying been diagnosed during age 21 and still vital during 75. Most ALS patients are diagnosed after age 50 and die within 5 years, according to a 2012 Scientific American essay about Hawking. Some patients, however, live 10 or some-more years.
Before Thursday’s diagnosis, Britt had been treated for ongoing inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, though pronounced a diagnosis seemed to be creation her worse. Unable to get an appointment during a LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, she was means to see ALS experts destined by Dr. Stanley Appel in Houston.
The diagnosis was not a sum surprise. Britt pronounced her mother’s hermit had ALS, and Britt thinks her grandmother might have died of ALS though was misdiagnosed.
Britt, who has a bachelor of song preparation grade from LSU, has worked during WAFB given 1981. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. The cancer was detected early and responded to treatment.
She has been famous as Communicator of a Year from a Public Relations Association of Louisiana, perceived a Lifetime Achievement Award from a Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, an Award of Excellence from Women in Media, and a Volunteer Activist Award from a Emerge Center.
Britt pronounced she will continue operative as prolonged as she is able. The illness does not impact her brain, she said.
“I’m going to continue operative since these are my friends, and we do trust that it is critical for we to be happy, and when we can work with my friends and feel productive, I’m a happy person,” Britt said.
Britt is married to Advocate Capitol Bureau arch Mark Ballard. Their daughter, Annie, is a scientist operative in a DNA investigate industry, and their son, Lou, is in high school.