I am Craig Fuchs
living with ALS
I miss my "old life" very, very much. However, I also understand that this is the new reality and we work each and every day to adapt and deal with the situation we are in.
My name is Craig Fuchs and I have ALS. Prior to my diagnosis I was a teacher/university professor for 37 years. I was blessed to travel the world and have been to 25 countries. I was a band/orchestra conductor and had conducted all across the US and South America. I was also an avid golfer.
All of this changed on February 23, 2022 with my diagnosis. I had limb onset ALS with most of the issues restricted to my right leg. Even though I have had some issues in my right arm and upper body strength, I feel very blessed that I seem to have a fairly slow progressing situation. I can still shuffle around the house with my rollator, but have to use a wheelchair if I go out of the house.
I am surrounded by amazing family, friends, medical team, and support from the ALS Association and Team Gleason. Most importantly, I have a very strong faith and I know that God has put me in this situation for a reason and it is up to Him as to how He wants to use me for the remainder of my life. I have surrendered my life to Him.
I miss my “old life” very, very much. However, I also understand that this is the new reality and we work each and every day to adapt and deal with the situation we are in. I wake up and thank God each and every day that He has allowed me to walk this earth one more day. Before I go to bed, I thank Him for the multitude of blessings he has bestowed on me and my family. I am a very lucky and blessed man.
My mantra is Go Forth and Conquer and that is what I strive to do each and every day.
May God bless each and every person living in the ALS community.