June 5 - Patricia Latremouille

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Wow! It’s already day 5 of ALS Awareness Month. Today we are featuring Patricia Latremouille.

Patricia was initially diagnosed with PLS in 2013 but in 2014 her diagnosis changed to ALS. Patricia’s message to others living with ALS is “It’s possible to live your life”. Her message is one of creating possibilities, which fits so well into our #MakingItPossible campaign.  Patricia wants others living with ALS to know that it’s possible to continue to have new experiences and find ways to cope and adapt as ALS progresses.

Patricia stays active in the community by regularly travelling across the city to her daughter’s home to spend a day a week with her grandchildren and uses Access Calgary services to make these trips along with other outings in the city. When her family visits from the UK, day trips to the Calgary Zoo, the Calgary Stampede, and Banff Hot Springs have all been on the itinerary! Just a few weeks ago Patricia went camping with her husband and friends in Radium which included a visit to Radium Hot Springs.

She says, for her, having the right equipment such as a power wheelchair makes the change in function less noticeable because it enables her to continue to have new experiences with family and friends.  Patricia regularly attends events supporting the ALS community such as the ALS Support Group and Betty’s Run. She always brings her genuine interest in others, her belief in possibilities, and her smile!

Thank you Patricia, for sharing your experience with us!