Healthcare Services and Programs

Still Exploring: The Story of William (Bill) Croy

ALS patient Bill CroyBill Croy had been active his entire life. A United Methodist pastor, he loved to dig in and get to work, whether it was at a Lakota reservation, working on his sermon at area food establishments, or leading the way on a family hike. So when he started to tire more easily, he chalked it up to age. But when he could no longer participate in a full church service, he knew something was wrong.

The ALS diagnosis was devastating. As an active person, Bill couldn't imagine curtailing his many interests. Thankfully, with the help of two local and out of town clinics, and most recently with the OhioHealth ALS Clinic when it opened, he was able to continue interacting with the people and things he loves.

Bill has blogged about his experiences in order to provide insights into life with a neurodegenerative disease, with simple stories of hope, frustration, acceptance, disappointment and, yes, joy. Bill even has his own team of family and friends, a group called Bill's Backers, who enthusiastically take part in the annual Walk to Defeat ALS in support of The ALS Association Central and Southern Ohio Chapter. What began as a modest $5,000 goal two years ago has resulted in over $64,000 in contributions to the battle against ALS.

Of the ALS Clinic, Bill says not only are he and his wife benefitting from the multi-discipline expertise they offer, but the environment that helps ease them through the journey.

"We are pleased and relieved to have a team working with us," he said. "This is a difficult journey and an impossible one to take alone."


Closer to Home: The Story of Greg Sizemore 

ALS patient Greg SizemoreOne day after Greg was diagnosed with ALS, he got on a plane and went back to work. "It was my job," Greg said. "I didn't know what else to do." Met at the door by the president of the company, Greg was told to go back home and not to worry. The company would find something for him closer to home.

Being closer to home has been a constant theme in Greg's ALS journey. His original ALS clinic, for example, was in Cleveland, a three-to-four hour drive each way. Then he heard about the opening of the OhioHealth ALS Clinic and jumped at the chance to receive care in Columbus.

"They treat us like we're part of their family," Greg said. " I have everybody's phone number. If I needed to ask them a question, if I needed to get advice in any way, they would be more than happy to talk with me, or meet with me . . . whatever I wanted."

That personal connection is one of the reasons why the OhioHealth ALS Clinic puts multiple specialists in one place. In fact, during a typical visit, ALS patients stay in one room and our team comes to them. After the visit, the plan of care is coordinated with the patient's other physicians. "They are there to coach you and teach you how to do things," he said, adding that without the ALS Clinic, life would be more difficult.  "You'd miss out on all those checks that let you know, 'Hey, you're doing OK, this is where you're at; this is where you were three months ago, or a year ago.

"I wouldn't miss it."