1-16-12: The Body is Going Out

January 16, 2012 at 8:00 am 5 comments

A full transcript of this conversation is available here.

For almost a year now, Tom Hall has been speaking every couple of weeks with the writer and journalist Dudley Clendinen, a former national correspondent and editorial writer for the New York Times and the author of four books. In November of 2010, Dudley was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Dudley used to come to the studio, but in early December, Tom went to visit him in his home.  Dudley is becoming much harder to understand, so sometimes Tom provides additional clarification.

In this conversation, Dudley talks about how his thinking about the disease is changing now that is body is really becoming frail–or, as he says, that it’s “giving out.”

You can listen to all of our conversations with Dudley Clendinen at this link.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. betty sue salvia  |  January 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Thank you, Dudley, for sharing your story all these weeks. You touch me with your wit and frank discussion of ALS.

    And thank you, Tom, for your conversations with Dudley.

  • 2. Patricia  |  January 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Just a short comment re: the feeding tube and heroics. My mom made similar choices while “living with Lou”. She finally chose to go forward with the feeding tube. She commented, “I’m too well to die just because I can’t speak, swallow, and have difficulty breathing.” I’m glad she did but would have equally supported a decision not to have it placed. She knew when the time was correct for her and the feedings were discontinued.

  • 3. Joyce Duffy-Bilanow  |  January 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I have followed Dudley’s journey and appreciate him sharing his thoughts about disability and mortality. As I age I’m increasingly aware of my mortality and that I am “temporarily able bodied.” I listened to the show yesterday, especially Dudley’s prayer. It was hard to hear many of the words of the prayer. There was mention of a transcript of the last two shows. When they are available I would like to get a link. I need to know the words to that prayer. Thank you.

  • 4. pdrsj56  |  January 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Just a quick note: the comment by Patricia was prior to logging in as pdrsj56.

  • 5. David Eberhardt  |  January 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    The shows with Dudley are the most important ypr does- along with shows like Dan R’s on homelessness- they speak of community- all the “your public” in public radio.
    Bravo keep it up.


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