By now, many of you are wondering if I’ve taken a serious turn for the worst. Or is it worse? I’m never sure about that, and I don’t feel like looking it up. It’s true that my body continues to weaken, and it’s getting harder to breathe. My speaking voice is really quiet, which means that Otto just laughs at me when I tell him not to do things (he openly mocked me by eating my peanut butter sandwich off the counter last week while I looked on, and later he acted all innocent like he just hadn’t heard me telling him no. I hope he gets diarrhea.)
My intention was to blog twice a week when I started in 2014. Now my intention is to blog today, and we’ll just see what happens after that. Summer was good, although as usual it went by so quickly that I feel like I went to sleep in June and woke up in September. Scarlett got prescription glasses and went to her first sleep away camp for one week. The glasses are already broken. I mean, did I really even need to say that? We didn’t even send them to camp with her, because it’s not like we’re amateurs here. But we did think she should wear them to school, and clearly that is where we went wrong.
Sleep away camp was a great success, and when we picked her up she informed us that Read More>
Who wants to talk about #whatwouldyougive?
Trick question! This is my blog, and we’re going to talk about whatever I want to talk about. And this particular post is long overdue. Part of the reason I haven’t been talking about the campaign is because there is almost too much to say. August was a huge success for us, and our incredible team members brought in 170K, a number I can barely believe. As many of you know, our goal is to raise 250K for research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. These brilliant folks have a promising drug that can go to trial in 2018—but not without help.
What you may not know is that our campaign isn’t over yet. We launched the second wave of #whatwouldyougive this month, and it’s a big one. We are partnering with hundreds of social influencers (Bloggers, Tweeters, Instagrammers, and more) to raise further awareness about ALS and our efforts to find and fund treatments and a cure.
How does this work? Read More>
Rob and I watched the movie Gleason last week. He was out of town when I attended the San Francisco screening, so this was his first time seeing it. Now that it’s on iTunes and Amazon, I highly recommend that everyone check it out if you haven’t seen it already.
Seeing the movie for the second time was eye-opening for me in new ways. The first time I watched it, I was very focused on the relationship between Steve Gleason and his wife Michel as they navigated ALS. It seemed like they came to the disease from such a place of strength and connection, yet it was and is an incredible challenge to maintain a relationship. Rob and I know all about that, and judging by the conversations I have with other ALS patients, we are not the only ones. So this time, I set the relationship stuff aside, and I just watched Steve.
I watched him as a strong professional football player, muscled and aggressive and fast. I watched him as a groom, and as a traveler. I watched as he fell while attempting to run across the rug of a church. Read More>