Sorry to have dropped out for a while, life is going very fast at the moment. I can hardly believe its been a month since I last posted. Here's something I eventually found that made my heart go thump!
This is a story about a dying professor who is now too sick to carry on teaching, his students who are praying for a miracle and the awfully sad ending to his lifetime passion. Makes for a very unusual story on a few levels really.
Professor of Law Stephen Gey is rapidly succumbing to Lou Gehrig's disease.
"Lou Gehrig's disease is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive, incurable disease that destroys motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Famed physicist Stephen Hawking has the hereditary kind, which is devastating, but not life-threatening. Gey has the nonhereditary kind, which kills by slow paralysis."
"One of the few hopeful avenues of ALS research has involved the transplanting of embryonic stem cells. Such research has been limited for seven years in the United States by religious conservatives and the Bush administration. His adversaries have erased his last chance. "The irony doesn't escape me."
"Gey uses a lawyer's words to define his situation: cognitive dissonance. He cannot pray for a miracle. "I have a disease you wouldn't give to your worst enemy," he says, as if arguing before a jury. "If you believe in a caring, all-knowing God, how can you reconcile that? I can only approach it fatalistically. Stuff happens."