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Ex-Gov Cellucci diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease
bostonherald.com ^ | 01/06/2011 | AP

Posted on 01/06/2011 1:32:39 PM PST by massmike

Paul Cellucci, the former Massachusetts governor and U.S. ambassador to Canada, announced today he has a relatively slowly progressing case of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

"I’ve had symptoms for four years," the 62-year-old Cellucci said in a statement to The Associated Press. Despite some weakness, he said, "I am feeling quite well."

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, attacks the brain and spine and usually is detected after muscle weakness. It progresses to complete paralysis, is incurable and is always fatal.

Each year the disease, nicknamed for the New York Yankees player who died of it, kills about 5,000 Americans.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: als; lougehrigsdisease; lyme; lymedisease; paulcellucci

1 posted on 01/06/2011 1:32:44 PM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

Prayers for the gentleman.


2 posted on 01/06/2011 1:34:44 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: massmike

That’s a terrible disease. I hope he doesn’t suffer too much.


3 posted on 01/06/2011 1:35:29 PM PST by Cisco Nix (Real Conservatives stay sober and focused)
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To: massmike

Prayers for him and his family.


4 posted on 01/06/2011 1:39:51 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: massmike

That’s a shame. Four years...he’s one of the lucky ones. I cared for my mother in law as this disease took her little by little.


5 posted on 01/06/2011 1:42:21 PM PST by sweet_diane (Adoption, the beautiful choice!)
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To: massmike

Prayers and hopes that there will be a medical/pharmaceutical breakthrough for this terrible affliction.


6 posted on 01/06/2011 1:46:21 PM PST by Carley (PRINTING OPINION, IGNORING THE FACTS......the msm!!!)
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To: massmike

He’s already lasted one year longer than my brother did. Best of luck to him.


7 posted on 01/06/2011 1:52:20 PM PST by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: massmike

I don’t know who this man is, or what he has accomplished or hurt as Gov, but I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.


8 posted on 01/06/2011 2:40:44 PM PST by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: Cisco Nix

How could he NOT suffer? The emotional impact alone would keep him up nights, not even allowing for the death sentence he was given at the diagnosis.

Think about what you want to post before you do so.


9 posted on 01/06/2011 3:07:28 PM PST by Monkey Face (A fig! A fig upon you, you charlatan liberals!)
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To: massmike

It’s incurable. I don’t think the life span is long after diagnosis, but I’m no expert on this horrible disease.


23 posted on 01/06/2011 5:40:12 PM PST by Theodore R. (Rush was right when he said America may survive Obama but not the Obama supporters.)
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To: chooseascreennamepat

I didn’t remember that Hawking had ALS and didn’t know one could survive that long with it. How long did Gehrig live with it. It wasn’t long, was it?

Wasn’t Hawking the one advocating starvation for poor Terri Schiavo, or was it Christopher Reeve?


24 posted on 01/06/2011 5:42:36 PM PST by Theodore R. (Rush was right when he said America may survive Obama but not the Obama supporters.)
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To: Theodore R.

I don’t think Gehrig lasted very long. Sad that. I don’t know how/why Hawking is hanging on. Must be a different form of the disease.


25 posted on 01/06/2011 6:16:59 PM PST by chooseascreennamepat
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To: chooseascreennamepat
Most die within a couple of years of diagnosis, and it is one of the most horrible deaths imaginable.

In very rare instances, people like Hawking can live decades, but those cases are literally one in a million. There is no cure for that disease.

Prayers go out to Gov. Cellucci and his family.

26 posted on 01/06/2011 7:09:59 PM PST by comebacknewt
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To: comebacknewt

hawking lives because he can afford one on one care and has a trach with a ventilator....IIRC....


27 posted on 01/06/2011 11:15:48 PM PST by cherry
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To: massmike

One of the worst possible diseases to have - your mind remains sharp, but your ability to move and take care of yourself slowly disappears (or rapidly for some).

Except for cases like Stephen Hawking, the life expectancy typically is less than 10 yrs.

Prayers to Gov. Cellucci.


28 posted on 01/07/2011 7:44:37 AM PST by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: massmike

What were all the deleted comments and what jerk was responsible for them?


29 posted on 01/07/2011 7:45:38 AM PST by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: chooseascreennamepat

He was diagnosed in 1939 and died in 1941 I think.


30 posted on 01/07/2011 7:47:09 AM PST by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: massmike
Liberal radio in Boston covered this news about Cellucci in about 1.5 seconds. I heard the "news" twice on my commute and it went by so fast each time that I didn't catch the name of the person with the disease. I heard Cellucci's name, but I assumed it was an aide of his or someone else close the governor. I get to Free Republic and find out that it is the governor himself who is suffering.

The radio folks didn't seem too interested. Afterall, he's a Republican.

31 posted on 01/07/2011 7:51:06 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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