Tag Archives: Self-awareness

Getting Organized

Lately I have been almost obsessed with getting organized. Cleaning off my desk and editing file drawers. Sorting my closet to give away suits that no longer fit – either my body or lifestyle. Cancelling credit cards we no longer … Continue reading

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New Wheels

Thanks to the local ALS chapter, I now have a bright red scooter from their lending closet.  Since walking more than a short distance has become a challenge, my mobility is greatly extended and it’s easier to get out around … Continue reading

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ANGER

A friend asked me recently if I was angry about my ALS. Good question. The honest answer is that a year ago anger was one of the strong emotions running rampant through my head and limbic system. I have gotten … Continue reading

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On Timing

When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain, (Keats) My reading this week has included two wonderful novels by Nicholson Baker – The Anthologist and The Traveling Sprinkler. The main … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye

This week we moved my mother, soon to be 94, to an assisted living facility in Massachusetts near my brother Bob.  She has been living near us here in Reston for almost 10 years, but the combination of my ALS … Continue reading

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HUMILITY

For over 20 years I have been regularly attending a men’s Al-anon meeting. What I have learned in that meeting and from my brothers there has been an important part of my ability to deal with my ALS. Last Saturday … Continue reading

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The Luckiest Man

I suppose it was inevitable that everything happening to me would catch up and I would have a few days of being discouraged. This was go to doctors’ week.  I had good visits with my Neurologist and Pulmonologist, and a … Continue reading

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Gratitudes

It is just about a year since I first became aware of the subtle changes to my tongue and speech that would relatively quickly have a name – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – ALS – or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I have … Continue reading

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Visits to my past

So often in my life I find myself making comparisons of my situation or behavior to others and inevitably regretting them.  Lately those comparisons have been not to others, but to my pre-ALS self.  At the gym I do 10 … Continue reading

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The End of Multitasking

Like so many of us, I had become quite accomplished at multitasking. I could be on a conference call, reading email, balancing my checkbook and eating at the same time. Or more accurately, I could move back and forth between … Continue reading

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