Alison Macor '88 | October 8, 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine
Michelle Melland ’88 is propped up in a hospital bed in the master suite off the kitchen of her two-story house in Kansas City, Missouri. Her eyes light up as I walk into the bedroom, and then she dissolves into tears. I maneuver around the bed and medical equipment to give her an awkward hug hello, which she can’t return because of the paralysis throughout her body due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Piaget, one of Michelle’s eight caregivers, carefully wipes Michelle’s eyes and dabs at her wet cheeks.