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Lubbock author defies odds after diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Nearly 5,000 new cases of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) are identified in the U.S. each year. Many who are diagnosed rarely live past the five year life expectancy. 

Clint Townsend was diagnosed with ALS in 2006, and since living with the disease he says it's given him new purpose - one he didn't even expect. 

"Writing was the furthest thing from my mind," he said. 

14 years later he's written and published two books: 'The Folds' and 'Xn' [X to the Nth]. After slowly losing control of his muscles, Townsend says becoming an author was something out of his control.

"I think God was preparing me years before I was even diagnosed," he said. 

Townsend relies on EyeTech, an assistive communicative device that tracks his eye movements allowing him to type by blinking. He's currently working on his third book and a screenplay. 

He says he doesn't dwell on his diagnosis. His faith plays a role in allowing him to focus on the positives. 

"So even though this is happening and I really don't like it, I'm okay with it," Townsend said. 

He's even done book signings and uses his thumbprint to autograph. He says his audience has been very receptive. 

"It's been a very positive experience," he explained. 

Townsend recently celebrated his 52nd birthday, despite being told more than a decade ago that he only have two to five years left.

A portion of his book sales goes towards the Steve Gleason organization, Team Gleason






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