Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain. As an ALS patient, I, Bernard Muller, have been embracing life and opportunities that have come my way. Since my diagnosis in 2010, I’ve faced complete paralysis, dependence on a ventilator, and the loss of speech. Instead of seeing these as adversities, I’ve learned to transform them into opportunities, unlocking a new realm of experiences and possibilities.
The Power of Positivity and a Strong Support System
Keeping a positive mindset when battling ALS is challenging, but not impossible. Each day brings its trials, but also its small victories, joys, and moments of resilience. The patience I’ve developed along this journey and the power of the human spirit that I’ve discovered within myself have become my most significant assets. Beyond my personal mental strength, I am fortunate to have an incredibly devoted care team by my side. They offer me 24/7 support, showing unwavering compassion and dedication. This team is my rock, my pillar of strength, and I am eternally grateful for them. You can read more about how my family and I are coping with ALS in a previous post, “Living Apart Yet Together”.
Embracing Opportunities through Technology
Technology has been my beacon of hope amidst adversity. It has allowed me to overcome my loss of speech and express myself using eye-gaze technology to interact with a speech computer. The Tobii eye gaze computer has become an integral part of me, it’s like an extension of myself. It even contains my own voice, which I had the foresight to voicebank in 2016. This innovation has opened up a world of creativity and self-expression, allowing me to generate art using AI. Partnering with technology, I’ve uncovered an empowering avenue to express my creativity and share my journey.
Thriving, Not Just Surviving
My journey with ALS isn’t just about survival; it’s about thriving and finding joy in life, however it presents itself, and being proactive, not just reactive. Making every breath count, and more importantly, it’s about embracing life and opportunities that arise along the way.
Embracing Life and Opportunities through AI Art and Beyond
Adversity has a unique way of unveiling opportunities. With ALS, I found a new avenue for expression – AI art. By merely using my eye movements, I’ve created art, a process that has proven deeply fulfilling and therapeutic. AI, in general, has transformed my life. I use it for writing emails, blogs, and social media posts, analyzing stocks, organizing auctions, even making music. It’s not just about creating art, but sharing my journey, my emotions, and resilience with the world. I’ve completely embraced AI, and it has greatly enriched my life.
Embracing Life’s Canvas, Painting My Journey
Through my journey with ALS, I’ve realized that life is an ever-evolving canvas. Despite my physical limitations, I continue to paint my canvas with vibrant colors of joy, resilience, and positivity. See opportunities instead of obstacles, strengths instead of weaknesses. Embrace life to the fullest, to dance in the rain, to celebrate each day as a gift, and to cherish the beauty of the human spirit and resilience.