illustration of author Mitch Albom sitting next to Morrie Schwartz, who is lying in a bed

Tuesdays With Morrie

by Mitch Albom
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What disease does Morrie have?

Morrie has the progressive nervous system disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS.

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In Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom reconnects with his old sociology professor after seeing him on a television guest spot. This is when he learns that Morrie Schwartz is terminally ill. Morrie has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also commonly called Lou Gou Gehrig's disease. This illness...

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In Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom reconnects with his old sociology professor after seeing him on a television guest spot. This is when he learns that Morrie Schwartz is terminally ill. Morrie has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also commonly called Lou Gou Gehrig's disease. This illness affects the nervous system and causes a gradual loss of control over muscles. Despite its slow progression, ALS is always fatal.

As the disease takes hold over Morrie, he finds himself unable to take part in the activities that he previously enjoyed, such as dancing. He comes to rely more and more on his wife's care. Faced with his own impending mortality, Morrie explores his own personal philosophies on life and death, which he puts into writing. It is these writings that land him the guest spot on TV.

After Mitch and Morrie reconnect, they start spending time together every Tuesday over the course of several weeks. Morrie shares his knowledge and wisdom with Mitch, and the two men discuss many deep philosophical ideas. Mitch also watches as ALS progressively erodes Morrie's health. He knows that it is only a matter of time before his friend succumbs to the disease. After Morrie's death, Mitch publishes a book of the many life lessons he learned from Morrie during their Tuesdays together.

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