Dennis Peters – movie creator, story teller, Los Angeles cool dude, man with charisma – has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
His journey started September 2015 when Dennis noticed he was losing weight. A skinny guy already, this situation caused him to see a doctor. The devastating diagnosis came after many, many tests and treatments for Lyme Disease, Multifocal Motor Neuropathy, and other neurological diseases that mimic ALS. Top physicians at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and more recently at Mayo Hospital in Minnesota, through a process of elimination, confirmed the ALS diagnosis.
Dennis has been under the incredible and loving care of family and friends. Since September, Jackie, Tracey, his sister Diane and his brother Doug have all been caring for Dennis to make sure someone is with him at all times. His friend Dr. Allitia DiBernardo has provided expert guidance as well. Everyone’s focus is to help Dennis feel safe and comfortable.
Dennis’s daughter, Sam, brightened his spirits when she returned from Tokyo to spend Christmas in Los Angeles with Dennis and Jackie. Sam is truly the light of Dennis’s life. Dennis’s mom, Lille, is staying strong as always for her son.
We all hoped Dennis would go to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota – doctors would figure it out – it would not be ALS – he would become healthy again – and he would return to Los Angeles to write a movie and win an Academy Award in 2017.
Unfortunately, in Dennis’s case, the disease is progressing very quickly.
But Dennis Peters’ magnetic personality and spirit is alive and well!
He still can’t decide which NFL team he should select to win Super Bowl 50 in 2016 – he’ll probably figure that out when the winner wins! Nurses love him. He continues to tell stories. He continues to look at life through the eyes of a creator.
Dennis or Doug will post updates on this Caring Bridge site.
We welcome and appreciate your thoughts and prayers as Dennis navigates through this next phase of his life.