Imagine someone waking up and they have no feeling in their body but still have the same mental state.That is what Morrie had to go through and although he is dying he wishes to teach people how to live. In the memoir Tuesdays with Morrie, Morrie teaches people to live life through showing emotions, forgiving others and not having regret.
One will eventually come across the day where they are able to figure out who they truly are as a person. A discovery like this will lead to new chapters of life and start new beginnings. Although finding one 's identity can be difficult to understand and accept, it is crucial in life to discover oneself. In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, a teenage girl, who had to overcome and deal with an awful tragedy, takes readers on the long journey she walked before finding meaning and value in who she is as a person. The journey I was taken on while reading the novel had a beneficial effect on myself, expressed significance to the world about a common topic and showed how the main character gradually changed throughout the story.
This book was absolutely phenomenal. The quirky characters and the close relationships they had with each other pull in the reader. It uses suspense to keep the reader constantly guessing what will happen next. In this book Chris Crutcher confronts many mature themes such as mental illness, racism, suicide, and death, while still being able to keep the book light hearted in many places. It also explores the importance of friendship, romantic relationships, family, and dealing with personal loss. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a captivating
For example, Stephen Hawking, one of the world 's leading physicists, was diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, when he was 21 years old. The
In the autobiography, Laughing at my Nightmare, the author, Shane Burcaw, is diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, and the book deals with Burcaw’s life with spinal muscular atrophy. In order to understand spinal muscular atrophy, one must know the causes, the variations of spinal muscular atrophy, as well as the outlook of the disease.
There is not a cure for ALS. Even though there is not a cure, some treatment methods have proven to be effective. Doctors assign individually designed therapy for maintaining a person’s muscle function. A troubling effect of ALS is the difficulty in swallowing food and saliva. This is fixed by the insertion of a tube through the abdomen and into the stomach through which liquid food can be given. To encourage a positive attitude, emotional support from friends and family help the patient mentally (Larson). ALS is a very mystifying disease that in 90 percent of cases, scientists do not know the cause. Scientists say that nothing in the ALS patient’s diet, where they live, or how they have lived their life can be a credible case for ALS. However, in a small percent of cases, a genetic history can exist. In these cases around half of the entire family is diagnosed with ALS (Causes of
What is it like to have ALS or a CTE? Either a progressive neurological disease that attacks your motor skills or one that attacks the cognitive parts of the brain. Each one has its own particular attack strategy. On one hand the body is rendered completely motionless while being completely conscious of the outside environment. On the other, the body stays unharmed while it slowly loses the mind, both are equally devastating. These diseases are caused by repetitive concussions & brain trauma. These can be obtained by participating in physical sports that involve being struck on the head. These are the risk that a person must be willing to consider when making decisions to be active in sports.
Do you know where the name Lou Gehrig’s Disease came from? Most people know this Disease as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) which means the same thing. Effects of this disease: is symptoms that may include fasciculations, cramps, tight and stiff muscles. Lou Gehrig Was 36 when he had this disease. Lou to retire early because of this disease, Lou died two years after retiring from this disease. Not only was Lou Gehrig known for his disease, but as well for his amazing career in baseball. (Biography.com Editors)
Described by scientists as far back as 1824, it wasn’t until 1869 when French neurologist Jean-Marie Charcot first wrote and published reports of the characteristics linked to ALS (“About,” ALSA.org) (“About,” Wordpress). It wasn’t until when Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with the disease. In 1938, after having a difficult time with playing baseball, Gehrig visited the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he was diagnosed with ALS (“Lou Gehrig”). Later on, on July 4, 1939, when he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame, he gave his famous “Farewell” speech, announcing that he had ALS.
When Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with his disease, the world of baseball took a devastating blow. Lou Gehrig had been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, which forced him to retire from baseball. Gehrig addressed his fans on July 4, 1939 to inform them of his situation. Although Gehrig knew that he would eventually face death, he did not convey any fear. Lou Gehrig elaborately appealed to his audience by showing his gratitude for them; meanwhile, expressing the gravity of his disease, however also illuminating the situation by reflecting on the positives, rather than dwelling on the negatives.
Only very recently has American society changed its views on the disabled and the dying. Up until the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, most buildings did not provide wheelchair access, and doors were not wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair in most homes. Disability exposes us to the fragility of humanity, a concept our society is deeply uncomfortable with. In the novel Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom presents the story of a disability that focuses not on the disability of the disease, but on the way in which Morrie’s character and status affects his experience of the disease.
This book teaches me that life is too short and we should surround ourselves with people we care about and love deeply. Death is so imminent and final, so one should try to spend their life to the best of their ability. Green’s book affects me emotionally as well because I really felt Hazel and Gus’s compassion towards each other and their difficulty of trying to come to terms with their terminal cancers. It seems as if I was with them the entire them and I felt every happy or heartbreaking moment they
This book is probably one of the most morbid, saddest books I have ever read. This novel just like all the others written by Ellen Hopkins, is great. She never fails to bring something new to the table, as if her mind is an endless tornado. That's how it seems to me anyway. I found myself speed reading through this book. There were parts that were so intense it made me cringe inside, but I just could not help moving forward to see what happens next.
Morrie attended a funeral of a colleague shortly after he was diagnosed with ALS, and quickly decided he wanted something different. His idea of a living funeral, although morbid, is kind of brilliant. He attended his own funeral in a sense. People gathered and celebrated his life, and he got to celebrate with them. Although as readers received very little details about the living funeral, we can assume, because Morrie was in charge, that it focused on celebrating his life rather than dwelling on his inevitable death. When diagnosed with a disease like ALS, giving the individual only a certain amount of time left to live, a living funeral would be an adequate way to say goodbye and commemorate someone’s life. . Funerals are dreadful.
Being diagnosed with ALS can be very heartbreaking. Having ALS restricts Hawking’s mobility and puts him in a wheelchair. Since it also robs him of his speak, he uses a voice synthesizer to speak (Scientist: Their Lives and Works 4). Hawking, since being diagnosed with ALS at just the age of 21,has had to do double the work than anyone else to just get the same outcome. Secondly, Hawking was struck with the news he may not live to much longer at such a young age. “Death usually comes two or three years after the initial diagnosis” (Scientist: Their Lives and Works 4). He has to try to overlook the fact that he may not live to be 24 and attempt to live his life to the fullest. Hawking has pushed through all the hard things in his life and has proven to be a huge inspiration. He was able to still be alive today because his disease stabilized before his organs stopped functioning. Thirdly, he is an inspiration because he finds joy in his life even if he can’t function properly. “He credited marriage and family as well as work for giving him a purpose” (Scientist: Their Lives and Works 4). People love how he credits his family for pushing himself through the hard parts in life and making him the man he is today. Those reasons are why so many people see Stephen Hawking as inspirational.