Pat Quinn, diagnosed in March 2013 at age 30.
I was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 30 back in March 2013, but my journey begins with a super active, quite athletic, 28-year-old who had just finished taking down a softball tournament title. The very next day I woke up, and my left arm was twitching. I’m young. I’m strong. It will go away, right? It didn’t. I still feel it every single day. It took almost 2 years to diagnose. Blood tests, cat scans, MRIs, spinal taps, EMGs, and even a muscle/nerve biopsy all showed nothing. One really long day later at Johns Hopkins, it was finally conclusive. ALS.
ALS is an extraordinary challenge and something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Slowly, but surely, I’m getting weaker, and there’s nothing I can do about it. However, I choose to remain mentally strong. When facing adversity, you have to make a decision. You can give into the difficult scenario and let it beat you OR you can fight! I take tremendous pride in being a fighter and doing everything I can to battle this disease. I’m young, mentally fired up, and plan on making a difference!
I’m so lucky to have incredible support from my wife, family, and friends. Their love keeps me going. Becoming friends with Sarah and many of the other Faces of ALS has been such a blessing. I’ve met the most inspiring people in my life within the ALS community and hope I’m inspiring others along the way!