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Photo: Aaron Lazar | By Dave Quinn, Yahoo | “I don’t want to meet this with any kind of resistance,” said the 47-year-old Broadway star, who was diagnosed 2 years ago with the disease, for which there is no cure Aaron Lazar is opening up about his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and revealing why he’s not focused on trying to fight the disease for which there is no cure, but instead move through life with courage and hope.

The stage veteran — known for two decades of roles on Broadway and on tour in musicals like The Light in the Piazza, Dear Evan Hansen, Les Misérables, A Little Night Music and The Last Ship — went public in January with the news that he had the progressive neurogenerative disorder, after being diagnosed two years ago.

During a candid interview on The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal, the 47-year-old actor and singer explained he’s since been on a “healing journey” focused on taking care of his mind, body and spirit.

“When I got diagnosed, I thought, ‘Well, my new impossible dream is to beat this,’ ” Lazar said in the interview that dropped Thursday, referencing the ballad “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha that’s become an unofficial anthem for him. “And then I realized, ‘There’s nothing to beat.’ “

“It’s not a fight,” he added. “I don’t want to meet this with any kind of resistance. I want to meet it with ease and joy and healing. So my impossible dream is possible. It’s just to heal — not just the physical, but my whole self.”

Known also as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control that often begins with spasms and weakness in the hands, feet, arms or legs. Over time, that progresses and worsens to other parts of the body, making it difficult to move, speak, swallow and breathe.
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Photo: Aaron Lazar ALS | From his Facebook page

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