All of this began with my voice. That was where the trouble began. My thoughts were clear and fully formed but I was unable to express them verbally as rapidly as I was thinking them. It felt as if I was speaking in slow motion and in a tone reminiscent of the late, great Andre the Giant (from the film The Princess Bride).
The next sign of trouble came when I noticed that I was struggling to play certain high speed runs on the piano. Take the intro to that A-Ha song from the 80's called Take On Me as an example. My normally nimble fingers were no longer able to perform that lick at the pace to which I was accustomed.
Then came the diagnosis of ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. My voice went first. Within one year of my personal D (for Diagnosis) Day, any type of oral communication was gone. I maintained the ability to type and use my laptop for eighteen months after that until my fingers and arms lacked the strength to effectively utilize that modality any longer.
That's when I discovered the Dynavox and the Eye Max. In a nutshell, these two pieces of technology allow me the freedom and independence to communicate with those around me, both in person and online without moving a muscle.