A 238-pound missile gun-fueled with adrenaline and a former Titan’s linebacker Tim Shaw is managing to get through his deadly degenerative muscular weakness. A man who had played 80 games, 96 tackles and lasted far beyond any player’s average career span is being very tough to ALS in his real life as well; ever since his diagnosis last year. But instead of being afflicted with the condition, he deliberately chose to tackle life’s adventures issues, while spreading awareness about the deadly condition.
Mr. Shaw is not worried about his immediate future, neither he is thinking about that; he probably has become too busy living with ALS, realizing what God wants him to be and relying more on his instincts, strong faith and determination to keep himself moving forward, against the odds. In spite of the slurry speech and delayed motor ability; his strong will power and enthusiasm have forced him to live a normal life, similar to the one he would have had, if not diagnosed with ALS. However, Mr. Shaw is still thankful to his destiny for the delayed progression of ALS and for his leftover motor ability, motivating many of us, how to live your life even in a kind of cliche.
As a matter of fact, ALS is associated with progressive neuronal damage eventually leading to death. Neurons are smart messengers, involved in the coding and decoding of the important cellular information that has been transmitted from the central nervous system to different important organs of the body, through voluntary control as well as coordination of the muscles. In the case of massive neurodegeneration, people experience unusual muscle drifts, twitching, and weakness, due to lack of proper information generated by the central nervous system through neurons.
Currently, medical science has not found any definitive cure for the said disease, but the advent of stem cells and their potential therapeutic sense has surely proposed a way towards a definitive cure.
Stem cells are the naïve cells of our body with the ability to repair and regenerate into lost cells. These cells are present in dormancy in every adult tissue to take care of its normal wear and tear. Some of the underutilized tissue sources can now be utilized for the isolation of stem cells outside the body and their enrichment in a controlled environment. These stem cells, when infused back at the site of injury, have been proven to promote lost cells and speed up the functional restoration of an organ.
Although, aggressive research is ongoing worldwide, while every day brings a step closer to the goal of ALS cure; currently the autologous application of stem cells has allowed the life with ALS to be much simpler and manageable.