Infused with Hope: Brian’s Infusion JourneyMay 10, 2019
By Amy Rios
How the exemplary care at an infusion center helped this patient advocate for the advancement of ALS research.
The first time Brian Wallach heard “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis” was in a neurologist’s office in August 2017. He was 37 years old and, like many Americans, knew little about ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the eponym of famed baseball player Henry Louis Gehrig.
Brian, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, first noticed symptoms one evening when his left hand cramped so severely that he couldn’t grasp his pen while taking notes on an upcoming case. “Like every 36-year-old man, I rationalized it as stress or exhaustion. We had a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, and my wife was six months pregnant with our second…I figured it was just part of that unfortunate aging process,” Brian says.