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’.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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