- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - State Rep. Vic Gilliam says he will likely be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://is.gd/qSb9jZ ) that the Silverton Republican said in a statement that he has not received a definitive diagnosis, but he is experiencing problems with speech and coordination.

The 62-year-old was appointed to represent House District 18 in 2007 after replacing Rep. Mac Sumner.

ALS is a progressive, fatal neurological disorder. The disease attacks the ability to voluntarily control muscles and people typically live three to five years after a diagnosis.

Gilliam says he is grateful to be able to serve his constitutes, but if his symptoms worsen significantly he will have to step down.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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