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Dr. Hira Ahluwalia

in Toms River News

Engineer turned author inspires with his own story

In the early months of 2014, the onset of leg weakness drew Dr. Hira Ahluwalia into a deep medical investigation to determine the root cause of this seemingly small problem and to receive a formal diagnosis for his symptoms. An extensive process that would end up lasting nearly two years, finally resulted in the devastating diagnosis of ALS. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is known to cause progressive muscle weakness and impacts one’s ability to physically function, with no cure currently available.

Known to many as “Doctor Metals”, Ahluwalia is a corrosion expert and was heavily involved in the community. A diagnosis of ALS would surely mean quitting his job right? Wrong. Ahluwalia decided to not only continue working, but also began writing a book chronicling his experiences with the disease. Keep on Ticking: One Man’s Approach to Chronic Progressive Disease was self-published in 2021 and offers an inspirational glimpse in the fascinating life of a corrosion and materials consultant turned author.

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