A life impossible : : living with ALS : finding peace and wisdom within a fragile existence

Title A life impossible : : living with ALS : finding peace and wisdom within a fragile existence
Names Gleason, Steve.
Duncan, Jeff. Author
Book Number DB121486
Title Status Active
Narrator Cummings, Daniel.
Language English
Annotation "In 2011, three years after leaving the NFL, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, a terminal disease that takes away the ability to move, talk, and breathe. Doctors gave him three years to live. He was thirty-three years old. As Steve says, he is now ten years past his expiration date. His memoir is the chronicle of a remarkable life, one filled with optimism and joy, despite the trauma and pain and despair he has experienced. Writing using eye-tracking technology, Gleason covers his pre-ALS life through the highs and lows of his NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, where he made one of the most memorable plays in Saints history, leading to a victory in the first post-Katrina home game, uplifting the city, making him a hero, and reflected in a nine-foot bronze statue outside the Superdome. Then came his heartbreaking diagnosis. Gleason lost all muscle function, he now uses Stephen Hawking-like technology to communicate, and breathes with the help of a ventilator. This book captures Gleason and his wife Michel's unmatched resilience as they reinvent their lives, refuse to succumb to despair, and face his disease realistically and existentially. This unsparing portrait argues that a person's true strength does not reside solely in one's body but also in the ability to face unfathomable adversity and still be able to love and treasure life"-- Provided by publisher. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook.
Medium Digital Books
Local Subject Unrated - UNRAT
Biography - BIO
Sports - SPT
Medicine - Diseases - 616
Medicine & Health - 610
LC Subject Autobiographies
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - Patients - Biography
Football players - United States - Biography
Nonfiction
Call Number 616.839 ANF
Publication Info Washington, D.C. : National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress,
Original Publication Reissue of: New York : Penguin Random House, 2024. 9780593794128
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