By Chris Kenning
The first inkling for Geralyn Schmitt, a busy Louisville nurse with a family, was a feeling of weakness in her legs. Doctors thought it was a back problem.
The Marion County native had surgery, but it got worse. After nearly a year of uncertainty, she got a diagnosis in 2010 that hit like a hammer blow. She had ALS, an incurable neurodegenerative disease.
Told she had less than a year to live, she and her husband, Rob, drove home and gathered their daughters at their Jeffersontown home.