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Sharing the care – and the love – for man with ALS

first_imgTypical chores for most of us are things like mowing the lawn, shopping for food, cleaning the dishes, taking out the trash.But for Eric Werts, chores are also things like scratching an itch on his leg. Rubbing a tired eye. Moving from bed to chair. Lifting a hand that’s holding a fork.Werts, 68, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — what’s commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. It’s an unforgiving illness, robbing the sufferer of muscle control as it progresses. The typical patient dies in three to five years, though some have been known to live longer.Werts gingerly describes his situation as a “horror,” but he also says he’s grateful and comforted — blessed, in fact — by the overlapping communities of care that are helping him cope with his decline by sharing the burden of his increasing needs.It’s called a Share the Care group, and it’s based on a book Werts read when he and his wife, Ruth, were living in Portland, Maine, and struggling to accept his shocking new diagnosis. Share the Care is a model that’s catching on with the families and friends of people suffering life-threatening or fatal diseases like cancer or ALS.The ALS Association’s Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter helped the Wertses pull their group together based on the circle of friends they developed when new to their North Salmon Creek neighborhood. That network began with folks who attend St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in west Vancouver, where Eric is a priest — but other friends and neighbors have also been involved.last_img read more