I am Meliton Avalos

living with ALS


With love and support, I've survived 8 years so far.

I’m Meliton (Milt) Avalos and am 56 years old from Ajo, AZ. I now live in Surprise, AZ. I was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, in October 2011 at the age of 46. If you know anything about this illness a person diagnosed with this only has 2-5 years to live. With love and support, I’ve survived 8 years so far.

I worked for the state as a Cryptologic Digital network technician/analyst. My ALS started progressing from his left ankle around 2008. In 2017 on Christmas Eve he was admitted into the hospital under distress and respiratory failure. He had aspirated while eating and it turned into pneumonia. On January 3rd he had a feeding tube and a tracheostomy and stayed 3 months in the hospital/care facility.

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