From Tim Green:
For the past five years I’ve been coping with some neurological problems in my hands. At first the doctors thought the damage I’d done to my elbows in football was the culprit, so they operated to release the nerves, but the issue persisted and my voice began to weaken, which is the only reason I’ve had to stop visiting schools across the country. Finally, I was diagnosed with a slow-progressing form of ALS.
Like many conditions, ALS has different forms. While of course I’d rather not have it at all, I am extremely grateful that mine is a slow-progressing version of the disease. I chose to keep my diagnosis private because ALS has such frightening connotations. I don’t want sympathy. Honestly, I prefer not to talk about it. It is what it is, another challenge to overcome. I am thankful that my mind is as sound as ever. I will keep working on my law practice, unabated and as tenaciously as ever. I continue to write every day. In fact, I am currently working on book #3 in the Baseball Genius series and I have a football book to write after that.
I am also blessed to have Dr. Merit Cudkowicz at Mass General Hospital as my doctor. She is one of the top ALS specialists in the world, but ALS research is grossly underfunded and together, with friends like you, we can make a huge difference to those with the disease and those who will have it in the future.
As always, I will spend the coming days and years counting the blessings I have instead of pining for the things I don’t. Today I will take a walk. I will work and write and kiss each of my kids as well as my beautiful wife. That’s a great day. As good as it gets…
For the complete story, please watch the 60 Minutes (CBS) segment which aired on Sunday, November 18. It can be found on 60 Minutes – Overtime: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tim-green-als-emotional-60-minutes-interview/ The episode explains how I am focusing my efforts to help raise awareness as well as the TACKLE ALS fundraiser my family and I have started to support research and treatments for the thousands of people who are fighting this disease! 100% of every donation goes directly to the ALS research center at Massachusetts General Hospital, which has one of the leading ALS research teams in the world. The TACKLE ALS fundraiser website is live, Please go to www.TACKLEALS.com) and if you are able, please help,
Don’t be sorry, let’s beat this!