Grappling with ALS


Community benefits planned for Renee Smith

It started with the slurring of words from the mouth of an unsuspecting victim. The cause could have been anything. After months of testing and being told by doctors they were just not quite sure what was going on, Osage’s Renee Smith finally had a diagnosis: the terminal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Because of the outcome, Renee has decided to leave her job as the certified dietary manager at Weston County Health Services to spend time with her children, who are 10, 8 and 2. Complications, including her inability to communicate and increased muscle twitching, have also played a role in her decision

“It started in January. Friends started to notice the slurred speech. By Easter, everyone really noticed it,” said Renee’s mother, George Materi.


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