Having ALS has been the toughest challenge of my life. It has literally taken most of the things that I used to consider the most important to me in life. It has taken my independence in every way imaginable. I can no longer walk, talk, or even go to the bathroom on my own. I have a tube that goes directly into my stomach so that I can get food. I just recently got a tracheostomy so that I can continue to breathe.

Throughout all of this I have discovered something that I could not be more thankful for. What I am talking about is the love from my family, friends and community. I am so incredibly thankful for my wife Casey Forster. She is my rock. I literally would be lost without her. She is my inspiration to keep fighting each and every day. My family is awesome and so supportive of everything that I do. My friends are the best! They are always there to lend a hand and cheer me up.

What I am most surprised by and so thankful for is the outpouring of love and support from the Newport community. I feel so blessed to be a part of this community. I have met the most incredible people. I absolutely love this city and am so proud to call it my home.

So thank you for being a part of my life. Thank you so much for your love and support. I hope that you have an incredible Thanksgiving with those you love.

Love and thanks,

Bobby Forster

Editor’s Note: Bobby’s friends will be hosting the Second Annual Brunch For Bobby on Wednesday, November 23rd at the Corner Cafe. All gratuities made by servers and a portion of the sales from the day will be donated to Bobby to support medical bills and his cost of living. Stop by between 7 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m. and support this worthwhile cause and our dear friend.

What About Bobby is a column that is written by Bobby Forster, a 27-year-old Newport resident living with ALS

If you’re new to this series or missed a recent story by Bobby, it may be helpful to catch up on what he’s been talking about. Here’s story #1- What About Bobby: What Would You Say If You Were Told That You Would Be Dead In Two to Five Years? here’s story #2 – What About Bobby: A Thank You To My Hero and here’s story #3 – What About Bobby: I’m Dying, I Deserve a ‘Right To Try’.

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