Welcome to ALS Insights.

Qualicare has been deeply involved with the ALS community since before our beginning. Over the years, we have developed a special sensitivity to those with ALS and their families. We’ve helped them from the life-changing diagnosis through the wrenching adjustments to living with this new reality. As difficult as this condition is, we have seen stories of courage and growth as families cope with and in some cases surmount the impact of this disease. We’ve been there.

The goal of ALS Insights is to reach out to those who are starting on the ALS journey and, in a small way, to provide information, comfort and strength through sharing stories and insights from ALS families and ALS professionals.

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In this section, people who have been directly impacted by ALS share their thoughts about the ALS Journey.

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In this section, professionals who are actively involved in the ALS community share their insights with wisdom and compassion.

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In this section, we provide a wide range of resources – from caregiving tips to ALS information to more stories from those who have been on the ALS Journey.

All about BiPAP

The BiPAP, a non-invasive ventilation device, has significantly improved the quality of life for many ALS patients. In this section, we provide detailed information on how it works and how to use it.


The Story of "When You Whisper" #BeyondTheBucket

By: Sara Crabtree

In March 2014 I met Felicia in Nashville. She shared her story. I was moved. My dad was moved. We approached her about a cowrite and the rest it history, or so they say... Or maybe this is just the beginning..... 


This is Felicia's story: 

As fate would have it, Sara, George and I met by chance at the Nashville Songwriters Association International spring training session last year, and in conversation, spoke of having lost  a loved one to ALS, a fatal neuro-generative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  I shared my story of how I had assisted my husband, Sid Valo, to transcribe the poems he wrote so eloquently several months before he died.  (He had never written any poetry in his life prior to that.)  By that point, he had almost lost his ability to speak, so he laboriously whispered the words into my ear, as I typed them.  


Rarely did Sid edit his poems; they painstakingly flowed out of him, word by word.  They are beautifully written and capture so much of what he wanted to share with those he loved.  In them, he offered words of comfort, counsel, and gratitude to all those he loved and to those who had helped him on his heartbreaking journey with ALS.  My husband’s whispers are a strong and lasting testament to love and strength in the face of adversity and death.


A month after our meeting, Sara and her father contacted me out “of the blue” and shared that they had been touched by my story.  They suggested we collaborate on a song they were in the process of writing, something I might add I’d never done. Months later, "Whisper To Me" was born as a loving tribute to my husband and to all those who long to reconnect with a loved one they have lost.  


The process of conveying Felicia and her husband’s story and writing “When You Whisper” started shortly after we met.  Our commonality of losing a loved one to ALS (my own grandmother passed away from it as well) combined with our passion for music blossomed into a wonderful friendship. Less than a year later, we have had the incredibly opportunity to professionally produce and record in Nashville and create the film version in Central Florida. Our friendship can only be one of fate, divinity, luck (or whatever you would like to call it). There is one thing for certain: it is something bigger than us... much bigger. 

I truly believe we wrote this song for a greater purpose. While it started with Felicia's story, I do not believe that is where it will end. This song was written to speak to and comfort those battling this debilitating disease. 1 out of every 50,000 people suffer from ALS. While the medical community is making scientific advancements, there currently is no cure. This song is for those dear people afflicted with ALS and for their families who are so lovingly taking care of them. I hope and pray this song brings comfort and strength to the wonderful souls on this tragic and heroic journey. Hold onto the little things, even the whispers. They are precious. Savor every moment with those you love. And remember that this life is not the end. 

Please join me in sharing this song,