Episode 16: Turning Pain into Purpose - An ALS Advocate's Story
Sabrina Johnson lost her dad to ALS in 2019. In this episode, she shares how she turned her pain into purpose and became an ALS advocate. The journey to diagnosis was hard enough, but watching her dad battle a terminal disease forever changed her. After a lightbulb moment, she decided to turn her anger into ambition and became an advocate for patients and families with ALS. In 2021, she founded Sabrina Johnson Advocate LLC to provide support, resources, and guidance to others who are navigating life and loss with ALS.
Sabrina Johnson lost her father, her main man whom she calls Ton, to ALS in 2019. After watching her dad battle a terminal disease forever changed her, she began sharing her story and became an advocate for others in the ALS community. Sabrina founded Sabrina Johnson Advocate LLC in 2021, an advocacy initiative that provides support, resources, and guidance to individuals with ALS and their loved ones. She authored a guidebook to navigating ALS, Understanding ALS for the Average Ton, and a children’s book about the relationship between her father and her son, Breaker Breaker 1-9 Where’s My Little Man At. Sabrina is also the Chief Operating Officer of I-Ally, a one-stop-shop of support and services for family caregivers and their unique needs.
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Mindy Henderson is the Editor-in-Chief of MDA’s Quest family of content and the host of this podcast. She was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type 2 when she was 15 months old and has been a life-long partner to MDA. Mindy is also a motivational speaker and a writer, with her first book set to hit bookstores in Summer of 2022.