I would imagine that most of you who will visit this site already know Christie's story. For those of you who don't, here's a recap. A life filled with competitive sports, a career as a North Carolina State Trooper, a strong supportive partner and friend, a mom to sweet young boy, and a diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) on July 5, 2018. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. When motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, people may lose the ability to speak, eat, move, and breathe. The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from diagnosis.
We have created this site as a way to keep loved ones informed of what is going on in our lives, especially when it comes to Christie's progression. For those of you who keep generously asking us for ways you can help our family, this is where we hope to post those types of needs. We thank you all for your caring words, your love, and support.