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 Albom 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 Sclerosis 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).
... from home. This friend happened to be Morrie, his professor. However, after Mitch graduated he was confronted by a world ... professor, and after having his last fourteen “classes” with Morrie on consecutive Tuesdays, Morrie finally passed away. Previous to Morrie ... is because although Mitch needed the guidance and lessons, Morrie also needed Mitch to know that Mitch fulfilled his promise ...
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 life and what is in it. Morrie has lost the use of his legs by now and uses his hands and arms to explain everything. Mitch gradually starts to open up to Morrie and is more comfortable about being around him. The first television special they had on Morrie was so popular that another special was recorded about the development of the disease.
Morrie eventually loses the ability to eat normal foods and the ability to move his hand. Mitch had recorded the sessions every Tuesday and on one special Tuesday Morrie asks to meet Mitch’s wife, Janine. The disease finally completely took over Morrie one evening, he passed away when everyone had stepped out of the room peacefully, not wanting any one person to have to bear the memory of when Morrie passed. The author, Mitch Albom was a former professional musician, and hosts a daily radio show on WAR in Detroit. Albom writes for the Detroit Free Press, and has been voted America’s number one sport columnist ten times by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Mr.
Albom also often appears regularly on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters.” He has also written Bo and Fab Five, both national bestsellers. Mr. Albom lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan. Mitch Albom wrote the book about Morrie to increase awareness of the disease ALS and spread the importance of hanging on to those positive people in your life. Life lessons that come across in the book are that you should listen to those who are a positive influence in your life and are willing to help you succeed. This book also shows how wise your elders are and that the information and stories they tell you are crucial and life progressing.
After reading Tuesdays with Morrie I believe that Mr. Albom wanted to convey the message that those who were a big part in our lives at onetime will always be there for us, to help us through the good times and bad always teaching you new things when you thought you knew everything. This book made me stop and think if my friends would so all these things for me if I needed it. Mitch Albom shows you the importance of life and why you should not take what you have for granted.
... , Forgiveness, and A Meaningful Life. Every Tuesday when Mitch would arrive he could see the brutal deterring of Morrie's small disease infested body ... known cure. The student, Mitch Albom, (also the author) decides to fulfill the promise he had made to Morrie after graduation, of keeping ... love and who love you " The main character of the book is a College professor at Brandeis University in the city ...
As Stephen Levine said, “To be with Morrie was a gift of love and insight, courage, and generosity”, and from the description that Mr. Albom gave in his novel I believe it. All the profits from this book are used to pay off Morrie Schwartz’s medical bills.