"Better Days" puts you inside the lives of four remarkable individuals who refuse to surrender to Lou Gehrig's disease. It's the closest look yet taken at the whole ALS community, from science to faith. Families, caregivers, celebrities and healers help form a perspective that collapses five years of slow degeneration into moments of human spirit. This is a documentary that will make you love four strangers and want to fight back.
"Anyone with ALS has to learn to wait. Once again it's your independence gone. You have to depend on others constantly."
"There's only so much you can do in a given day. It's given me much more appreciation for what it means to be disabled or get seriously ill."
“I know that getting angry or depressed isn't gonna do me or my family any good, so you don't go there.”
"When I was young I said to God, 'For any sins I do, punish me on Earth so that when I die, I can just shoot right up to Heaven.' After I got ALS, I asked Him to just forget about that plan; He didn't do that."
"You always tell yourself deal with what you've got, don't wallow in what you've lost. But that's hard to do when all your life you've been doing things and all of a sudden you lose them."
"We were pretty strong headed both of us. So I miss our argument, I miss the disagreements, I miss that part that made us two adults talking to each other."
"It's hard for her to be both a caregiver and a wife. But there's nothing I can do about it, you know?"
"I wish she would have gotten another disease like cancer or something where we could have had maybe a fighting chance. With this here, it's tough."
"I was in more denial I think than my mom. I tried looking everywhere for alternative things to do, and people who have been around for 20 years with ALS. Some of it we tried it didn't work and it was just that I couldn't accept the fact that my mom was gonna die. I didn't wanna think about that."
"I used to believe in good luck but after a while I realized, I'm just screwed."
"What I see is a beautiful young lady whose mind is still perfect and whose body is failing her and there's nothing that I can do about it."