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(KTVI)-Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. A diagnosis of ALS means you will likely lose your voice. But a local woman who can no longer speak because of the disease has not been silenced.

Nancy Ratliff's family can still hear her voice telling them how much she loves them and how much she still wants to be part of their lives even though she cannot speak. In 2010, about a year after her diagnosis, Ratliff recorded statements so her thoughts and voice could be shared with her family for years to come.

Website: ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter