On October 11th my mother Deborah Goessling passed away. I have been back East with my family. My Mother had ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was the biggest fan of my writings and one of the biggest reasons why I continue (don't worry, I will continue) to blog. She was an avid reader and commenter on this site. She too had a blog: called "THIS ALS LIFE." I encourage all of you to read it, it will help you learn about the disease and also see a incredibly awesome woman my mother was.