Pennsylvania man diagnosed with ALS raising awareness

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HELLAM, Pa. (WHTM) – A York County man recently diagnosed with ALS is raising awareness of the disease during ALS Awareness Month.

In October, Dave Bryson was diagnosed with ALS.

“It takes a lot of energy to talk,” Bryson said.

It started last summer. Dave was feeling tired a lot, but he was working long hours. Not too unusual.

“Then we started to notice when he would come home after work his words would be slurred. Not a lot, just a little bit,” Christine Deleo, Dave’s partner, said.

He said he felt like his tongue didn’t belong in his mouth. Almost like it was someone else’s.

“I noticed my voice was changing. Looking back on it now I think it was more my inability to concentrate,” Bryson said.

Dave has had to stop working, as his symptoms have progressively gotten worse.

“You can’t go through a drive-thru because they can’t understand you. You can’t go to the bank. I mean it limits you for what you can do and what you can’t do,” Deleo said.

But they are determined to spread awareness and hope each day they are one step closer to finding a cure.

“I just want people to know you can be affected too. It’s not just me everybody around me is affected by it,” Bryson said.

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