I received confirmation of an initial diagnosis of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's Disease) on December 17th, 2007. Linda and I were meeting with a well regarded ALS specialist at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston.
After a fairly cursory physical examination and a review of my medical records, the Doctor took about 10 minutes to explain what ALS was, that I could expect to live 2-5 years, suggested we "get our affairs in order" and offered us a coupon for a wheelchair (no kidding - and I was walking with little problem on my own at the time).
The message was clear: "You're finished."
I have no specific plan for this blog other than to share some thoughts and to hopefully encourage others fighting disease or just the everyday challenges of life. I don't know where the coming months and years will lead but I DO know that John 19:30 offers infinitely more hope (and truth) than that Doctor did in December 2007:
"30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit." - John 19:30 (NKJV)