29 episodes

Bruce Kramer lived a remarkably rich life because of – not despite – an incurable, always fatal disease: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was diagnosed with ALS December 6, 2010. While the disease diminished his body, it expanded his life and spirit. He shared that experience with Minnesota Public Radio News host Cathy Wurzer over nearly five year of conversations.

Living While Dying: An ALS Story Minnesota Public Radio

    • Science
    • 4.5 • 20 Ratings

Bruce Kramer lived a remarkably rich life because of – not despite – an incurable, always fatal disease: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was diagnosed with ALS December 6, 2010. While the disease diminished his body, it expanded his life and spirit. He shared that experience with Minnesota Public Radio News host Cathy Wurzer over nearly five year of conversations.

    Songwriter finds inspiration in MPR series on Bruce Kramer

    Songwriter finds inspiration in MPR series on Bruce Kramer

    Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Anna Schulze was so touched by the "Living While Dying" series that she wrote "Don't You Fade Away," featured on her new album "Pickford Market."

    • 7 min
    31. Saying goodbye

    31. Saying goodbye

    As Bruce Kramer's life nears its end, friends and family gather at his bedside to say goodbye. Cathy Wurzer shares her thoughts on the experience.

    • 13 min
    30. Tipping point

    30. Tipping point

    As ALS continues to diminish his physical capacity, Bruce Kramer considers when his condition will reach a tipping point. Bruce and his wife Ev rethink Bruce's end of life directives.

    • 16 min
    29. A love story

    29. A love story

    Bruce Kramer and his wife Ev Emerson discuss how they fell in love and how their relationship evolved through marriage and ALS.

    • 14 min
    28. Honesty

    28. Honesty

    The choir that he once directed visits Bruce Kramer's home at Christmas. He appreciates the frank and honest conversations he can have with friends and family as the end of his life approaches.

    • 9 min
    27. Focus

    27. Focus

    Bruce Kramer says ALS helped him focus on what is important in life: love and relationships. He also talks about a device he's been using that helps him breathe and the decision to enter hospice.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

La Carmelita ,

Remarkable. Beautiful.

Bruce. Cathy. Ev. What beautiful shining souls you are! Bruce’s deep wisdom and bravery shine like a light in this remarkable podcast. Everyone should listen to this! Our world would benefit immensely from the teachings in this podcast. I’m thankful to Bruce and also to Cathy that I got a chance to listen.

Fullautotrader ,

Tough but inspiring

Wow..

euterope ,

Amazing Wisdom

I followed Bruce's story for years as it was aired live. I'm so glad it will be here for others to learn from. I was always floored by this man's wisdom, and I know I will be coming back to this again and again for lessons that I need to learn in my life, regardless of whether I am facing my own death. What a beautiful legacy for an amazing soul, to be able to offer so much comfort and guidance to others. Thanks to Bruce and his family for their generosity, and to Cathy Wurzer and my beloved Minnesota Public Radio for having the courage to do this story.

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