Angelina Fanous, diagnosed in July 2014 at age 29.

Angelina Fanous is a writer and editor for VICE. She was diagnosed with ALS two months after her 29th birthday in July 2014. She’ll be following the sunshine around the globe starting with a trip to Bali in December 2014, and hopes to be reincarnated as an octopus, a species that lacks a spinal cord.

Angelina wrote about the ALS #icebucketchallenge for Vice here.

Photo credit: Matthew Leifheit