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Letter: Life with ALS has taught kindness

Sewanhaka High School senior adviser Tobi Morrison was

Sewanhaka High School senior adviser Tobi Morrison was one of 40 faculty members who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during halftime at the Sewanhaka High School homecoming game against Long Beach High School on Sept. 20, 2014. Photo Credit: Amy Onorato

I have watched media reports of the Ice Bucket Challenge, and I've been touched to the core by the caring and the fervent hope that we will soon find a cure for this devastating Lou Gehrig's disease ["Teachers soaked to support charity," News, Sept. 19].

I have this disease and at this stage of my life have learned so much and have changed in innumerable ways. Who would have thought a woman so set in her ways, so fiercely independent and stubborn in all things, could now embrace situations and differences? I attribute my evolution to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

My life has not been the same, even for one day, since being diagnosed three years ago. My body has been sabotaged and assaulted in cruel ways. Each day is a struggle. Accomplishing minor day-to-day necessities has required major problem-solving.

However, through it all thus far, I have become a new and improved person thanks to the love and kindness of my wonderful sons, family, friends, neighbors and strangers.

I have received such incredible acts of kindness that I ask myself, if the roles were reversed, would I be as compassionate and caring? I sure hope so. Others have made me a better person by the power of good.

Terry Sherwood, Farmingville


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