Excerpt from: Crain's Business Detroit (click for full article)
Ted Harada is living his second miracle right now, savoring every minute of every hour of it for as long as it lasts. His strength is back up, there's a spring in his step, he's got a strong grip back in his hands, and the symptoms of his ALS once again are in retreat to the ongoing surprise of his doctors and to the delight of his family.
Once again, Harada is easily going up the stairs to tuck his kids in at night and give them a kiss, instead of struggling up a step at a time, having to hold onto the handrail for support. Once again, he knows — or is as close to knowing as you can with such a disease — that he is part of something that will eventually change the death-sentence prognosis that until now has been a certainty as soon as there is a diagnosis with the dreaded words no one wants to hear: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — Lou Gehrig's disease.
"The first time, it's easy to say it was an outlier. Luck. But I've been helped twice. Twice, and you can throw luck out the window. They've got to figure out, now, what's going on with me," he says. "We've got to turn Lou Gehrig's disease into Lou Gehrig's chronic illness."