As young newlyweds in 2010, Royce and Natalie were excited to start their life together. They shared a great love for each other and the outdoors, looking forward to many years of new and exciting adventures. But, just four months into their marriage, they received news that would alter their plans forever: Royce’s recent muscle weakness and bouts of falling were caused by ALS.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – also called Lou Gehrig’s disease – is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that damages motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Eventually, the motor neurons die, causing the body to become paralyzed. People with ALS progressively lose control of their muscles, including those used to breathe. Currently, ALS is an incurable, terminal disease.
Royce and Natalie met this devastating diagnosis with resolve and a commitment to staying active and living their lives to the fullest, regardless of how much time they have together. In fact, shortly after being diagnosed, Royce shared on his blog, Journey on with Royce, that his number one goal is staying alive for many years to come.