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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tough but inspiring
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.