I'd like to end by repeating a sentence from a famous individual. I use this sentence because due to this illness, I have met the most wonderful people: compassionate physicians, acquaintances who turned out to be close friends, family members who have been extremely supportive. The sentence is from Lou Gehrig at his final address in Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939: I consider myself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth".
Do you know what Lou Gehrig's Disease is? Talk about what you know about the disease. Also talk about or find out about Lou Gehrig the man. What did he do? Why was he famous? Finally, talk about what your disability has meant to you. What has it taught you about life? What is important to you?
1. Who was Lou Gehrig?
2. Why was he known as the "Iron Horse"?
3. How do you think he was able to set the record for most consecutive games played when he had ALS?
4. When was his record broken?
5. Why is Tony Vitale neither angry, or depressed or sad?
6. What is the root word of imperfection?
7. What do you think Vitale means by "the slate is wiped clean"?
8. What metaphor does Vitale use to describe having ALS?
9. Why does Vitale say Lou Gehrig's day is so important?
10. Why does Vitale say he's the "luckiest man on the face of the earth"?
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