Have you ever wondered what is ALS and how it affects the human brain. ALS is a terminal disease that means the person who has ALS will die. Many famous people have suffered and died from ALS, but Morrie Schwartz may have been the most influential surfers of all.
ALS is a progressive neurological disease that causes the neurons that control voluntary muscles to degenerate (Lewis, Tanya). ALS has been spreading throughout the world for many years now. ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease (“About ALS”). ALS is a disease that destroys nerve cells and causes disability. Doctors usually don’t know why ALS occurs. Some cases are inherited. (“Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis”). The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from the time of diagnosis. However, it varies greatly: Over 50 percent of people with ALS live more than three years (Stibich”). Instead of crying that you have the disease you should spend your life with your friends and family like Morrie Schwartz. He started to teach other students about life and how to live it.
There are many famous people who have contracted ALS. ALS is commonly known as ‘Lou Gehrig’s disease,’ named after the famous New York Yankees baseball player who was forced to retire after developing the disease in 1939 ALS. Stephen Hawking also contracted ALS his discoveries made him famous because with ALS also affects brains. He still made discoveries with the terrible disease. The other thing that made him famous was that Stephen Hawking fascinated astrophysicists with his otherworldly theories. But he also blew the minds of medical experts by living with ALS for 55 years (Rossman, Sean). Four years after Morrie Schwartz succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s disease, Morrie is teaching more students than ever — millions all over the world. And his class is still growing. (Salter, Chuck “Work, and Life”).Out of many famous people Morrie Schwartz became well known after he contracted ALS.
“Tuesdays with Morrie” has brought change to many people’s life, written by Mitch Albom, that chronicles Albom’s conversations with his mentor Morrie Schwartz, a sociology professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. After Morris contracted the disease he started to teach more students about life. He also taught Mitch about life and gave the lesson on death too, “Dying is only one thing to be upset about; living an unhappy life is something else,” is one of those lessons. There is also a movie on it called “Tuesdays with Morrie.” Tuesdays with Morrie book was translated over 42 languages, it has transformed millions of lives all over the world. Tuesdays have become an international sensation with over 14 million copies sold, it has transformed millions of lives all over the world. (“MITCH ALBOM CELEBRATES 20). Except for Morris’s book he also talked about life and death, he gave really meaningful aphorism for example “When you’re in bed you’re dead.” and “Love each other, or perish” etc. Those aphorisms and the book about Morrie have changed the lives of many people all around the world.
ALS is a terminal disease that means you are going to die with it no matter what you do to cure it. So, instead of crying that you are going to die to spend some time with your friends and family and enjoy life while you can. Same as Morrie Schwartz he started to teach more students than ever and about and how to live it.