First in a series I just returned from shooting: Former NFL running back and broadcaster Mike Adamle, seen here with his wife Kim, has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an incurable degenerative brain disease thought to be caused by repeated blows to the head suffered in contact sports like football. Mike’s wife, Kim, and his daughters Svetlana and Alex, who both live at home, work together as a family to help Mike fight this horrible disease. Characteristic of CTE is loss of executive function as well as mood swings and anger. Kim has put together a highly structured program for Mike that helps him keep his life on track. While he does not drive anymore, he rides his bike to the nearby Northwestern University gym to work out and maintain his fitness. Although they can’t stop the progression of CTE, the Adamle family are showing that there are things you can do to markedly improve quality of life.
Photo by Doug Menuez, on assignment for @CurePSP a nonprofit foundation, which provides patient and family advocacy, information and education, and research funding for prime of life neurodegenerative diseases, including CTE. While currently incurable, CurePSP and others are working diligently to find a cure while helping to improve the lives of patients and families.
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