Spokane Valley woman beating ALS odds after 8 years




Posted on May 23, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Updated Sunday, May 25 at 9:10 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--A Spokane Valley ALS patient is beating the odds. In 2009, doctors gave Jenny Hoff two years to live. 

In May, KREM 2 News sat down with Jenny Hoff. It was September 2009 when KREM 2 News first introduced viewers to the woman who was battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Five years later, she's doing better than she ever imagined.

WATCH: 2009 interview with ALS patient Jenny Hoff     

Hoff woke up one day with the disease. She was diagnosed in 2006. Researchers aren't quite sure why people get the disease and there is no cure.

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 “You become completely paralyzed and you lose the ability to communicate with your voice,” said Hoff.

Hoff said doctors gave her two years to live in 2009 if she was lucky.

“It's pretty much a death sentence,” said Hoff. “One doctor told me to get prepared to go home and die.”

Hoff is proving doctors wrong.

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Hoff has her own theory why she's still alive today. She credits a positive attitude, physical therapy, juicing and using a mineral cream lotion helped her overcome her death sentence.

Hoff thinks she's slowed the degenerative process of ALS. She added she even reversed some of the symptoms. 

After years of being paralyzed, Hoff can move her legs again in 2014. She can also slowly wiggle her fingers. She can eat and drink again after using a feeding tube for two years.

And though Hoff doesn't want to give ALS patients false hope, her daily 'never give-up' attitude is inspiring.

"I chose to live," said Hoff.

 If you would like to help Hoff, you can donate to her Numerica account.

Numerica Account Number: 774678007

Account Name: Making it Happen for Jenny

Member Name: Jenny Hoff