Inheriting ALS: An Intimate Look At The Reality Of Familial ALS

6 min readMay 6, 2020

By: Emma Comery, SimpliHere

My parents have this small blue throw pillow sitting on their living room couch. It reads, My family tree is full of nuts. A gift from a cousin — a charming, self-deprecating little novelty. My mind flashes back to that pillow again and again while I’m talking to Catherine Kettner, ALS patient, caregiver, and advocate.


SimpliHere is a mobile app startup that simplifies caregiving for those impacted by ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.