pageok
pageok
pageok
Facing Lou Gehrig's Disease:
Over at Prawfs, Dan Markel reprints an extraordinary message from lawprof Steven Gey about his experiences living with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Read it. One always hopes to never find oneself in that same boat, but if we find ourselves there someday, we should be lucky to bring to it even just a small part of Gey's spirit and grace.

  You can donate to the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease here.
Mary Katherine Day-Petrano (mail):
Lou Gerigs is one of those conditions that often benefit from the person's use of voice-recognition assistive technology (e.g. Dragon NaturallySpeaking) to continue to effectively communicate. The poster person for this is Stephen Hawking, the astrophysicist.

In light of the concerns being expressed, and the statement "One always hopes to never find oneself in that same boat," I would think it prudent to complete the sentence with the following good faith warning ..."especially in Florida."

Please, those who care about the well-being of this person, please do not allow him get stranded for whatever reason, foreseeable or unforeseeable, trapped anywhere in the State of Florida without an able-bodied ability to speak for his own rights himself.
2.13.2008 2:32pm
Cornellian (mail):
I sure hope I go out quickly and not from some horrible, drawn-out, degenerative condition like Lou Gehrig's.
2.13.2008 2:32pm
Dave N (mail):
Cornellian:

Amen. Lou Gehrig's disease is awful--and I would not wish it on anyone. And though I do not know Professor Gey, his essay on living with ALS is worth reading and I thank OK for providing a link to it.
2.13.2008 4:14pm
anonvccommenter (mail):
Very touching overall, but would be more graceful without the needless jibe at Scalia, which is likely offensive to some of those who are working on raising money at FSU for LGD in honor of Gey.
2.13.2008 5:12pm
egn (mail):

Very touching overall, but would be more graceful without the needless jibe at Scalia, which is likely offensive to some of those who are working on raising money at FSU for LGD in honor of Gey.


Jeez. Being offended by a (pretty funny) joke about Justice Scalia by a dying man would be a bit petty and small-minded, no?
2.13.2008 5:31pm
OrinKerr:
Being offended by a (pretty funny) joke about Justice Scalia by a dying man would be a bit petty and small-minded, no?

Indeed. I didn't see it as a "jibe," just an effort to squeeze out the most good-natured humor he can by a man facing death. Hard to imagine someone being actually offended by that.
2.13.2008 6:09pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):
I don't know Professor Gey's views so this may be off base, but could he have been referring to Scalia's opposition to the right to die as expressed in his dissent in Gonzales v. Oregon?
2.14.2008 2:42am
neurodoc:
What is particularly cruel about ALS is that one's mental faculties remain unimpaired until the very end, so one is there all the way through the inexorable march of physical deterioration ending in death.
2.15.2008 12:43am