ALS did not keep him from becoming a chefby Annalisa Lista - 2017.01.11
Paolo has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and he uses his brother’s arms to cook. This is how he was able to pursue his dream of being a chef. This is the positive story about 19-year-old, Paolo Palumbo, from Oristano, Italy, who thanks to his love of cooking and the support of his family, decided to not give up on living life to its fullest. His personal odyssey started 2 years ago when was diagnosed with ALS, an illness that keeps you from being able to move, and destroys life’s dreams and future plans, in a minute. But Paolo’s family convinced him to not abandon his projects. That is when, Rosario, Paolo’s older brother decided to leave his studies behind and literally become his brother’s right arm. The two of them tackled Paolo’s recipes and suggestions for best results. That is how the idea for the cookbook Sapori a Colori, (Tastes and Colors) was born. It will be published in February and will help families who have someone with ALS know what foods and tastes will work well for blending. A smooth texture is absolutely necessary because those with this disease have serious swallowing difficulties.
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