Morrie Schwartz

Topics: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig, Tuesdays with Morrie Pages: 2 (763 words) Published: April 11, 2005
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is a true story of an old man and his way of dealing with the knowledge that he is slowly dying, and a disease is taking over his body.

Morrie Schwartz was Mitch Alboms college professor more than twenty years ago. We are first introduced to Morrie while Mitch is flipping through the television channels and suddenly hears Morrie's name. Mitch had not heard from his from professor for years and had not tried to get in touch with the professor, so the news he heard next from the screen was a shock. Morrie Schwartz, his college professor had been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Scierosis or (ALS) an incurable and fatal disease that takes over your nervous system. It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease after a famous baseball player who fell victim to it.

There is no cure for ALS at this time and treatment is focused on management of the symptoms, involving a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech, respiratory, and nutritional therapies. Moderate exercise may help maintain muscle strength and function. Drugs can also treat excessive saliva and drooling, and speech therapy can help compensate for loss of muscular control of the mouth. As the disease progresses and muscular degeneration spreads throughout the body, various devices may provide support, such as ankle braces, neck collars, reclining chairs, wheelchairs, and hospital beds. Respiratory support and feeding tubes are required when the person loses control of the muscles in the mouth, throat, and diaphragm (the muscular partition between the chest and abdominal cavities that help to maintain respiratory function).

Once Mitch finds out that Morrie is sick he tries to get a hold of Morrie and travels to Morrie's house to meet with Morrie. Over the course of the next few months Mitch flies to Pennsylvania every Tuesday to meet with Morrie. The reunited friends begin to have their last sessions together about the importance of...
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