I am Ana Cruz
living with ALS
I may lose the battle, but I refuse to go down without a good fight, and we have to change ALS story now!
2020 was the year my life was about to change. I was gonna get married and try to have a baby.
Indeed my life did change in 2020. In the middle of January, I was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 32. My first symptoms started in the summer of 2018. My boyfriend was in the army and went away on a mission in Africa. My legs were failing me and I was starting to fall. The doctor blamed it on anxiety.
I was getting worse and had the most difficult time in my life trying to convince the doctors that something was really wrong. In 2020, I met with a neurologist and received an ALS diagnosis.
My world collapsed, but I knew one thing for sure, I have ALS but ALS doesn’t have me. It’s really hard dealing with this disease but I have the most precious thing, my soulmate by my side.
At age 34 I was not supposed to have a battle this size, but I always say: I may lose the battle, but I refuse to go down without a good fight, and we have to change ALS story now!