3-7-11: Considering Others
Dudley Clendinen is an award-winning author and journalist who lives here in Baltimore. A former reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times, he found out in November, at age 66, that he has Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, more popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
There is no known cure for ALS, and once a person is diagnosed, they usually live between 1.5 to 3 years.
Over the next few months, we’re embarking on a series of conversations with the writer Dudley as he discusses how he became aware of the disease’s symptoms, how he’s been coping with the diagnosis, and what he’s hoping to accomplish in the coming months. We’ll also be speaking with doctors about ALS and caregivers about end of life options. The series is called “Living with Lou: Dudley Clendinen on a Good, Short Life.”
In the second of our conversations with Dudley, he speaks about how he tells other people about his diagnosis of ALS. He says it’s a lot to unload on someone who is not expecting it– but that it’s important to talk about the disease, and de-fang it, because “life gets pretty damn interesting when you know you’re dying.”
You can find prior conversations with Dudley, and more information about the series here.