Nursing student Rachael Green (left) listens as Ron Wenger and his wife share their story with students in HLTH267, an outgrowth of the Lori's Hands student organization.

Oct. 8: ALS topic

Retired professor to share experiences living with Lou Gehrig's Disease

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10:23 a.m., Oct. 3, 2013--Ron Wenger, a retired University of Delaware mathematics professor who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), will speak at the Student Nurses Organization meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, in 130 Sharp Laboratory.

Wenger will provide insights into how ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has affected him not only medically but also personally, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

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ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, beginning with motor weakness and gradually resulting in paralysis. Last spring, Wenger spoke to a small group of students in UD’s HLTH267 class, Chronic Illness in America: From Policy to Person.

“I think it’s very important for us as future health care providers to have a better understanding of the person behind the disease,” says nursing student Rachael Green, who organized the talk as part of her capstone project for the course. 

“I hope that all students planning a career in health sciences will join us for a unique opportunity to learn more about ALS and get a deeper understanding of the emotional repercussions of a difficult diagnosis.”

Photo by Doug Baker

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