Tuesdays With Morrie is a heart-touching story of a retired Brandeis University sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, teaching some of life’s greatest lessons to a former student, Mitch Albom, the author. Mitch, on his graduation from Brandeis University had promised to keep in touch with his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz. But he never did until Morrie was dying. Morrie was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); a severe debilitating disease which had no medication indicated for its management at the time. Mitch’s reconnection with Morrie after sixteen years of lost contact gave Morrie an opportunity to teach on “the meaning of life” from personal experience. They met every Tuesday at Morrie’s home for fourteen weeks and discussed several subjects such as forgiveness, family, emotions, marriage, money, fear of aging, death and so on. These messages will go on to affect Mitch and many others including mine.
Patients with chronic, debilitating or terminal diseases like Morrie have the capacity to experience emotions even though their physical bodies may be dying. Pharmaceutical care to such patients should be individualized and tailored to meet their emotional and psychological needs. This may help them manage depression and improve their quality of life. Morrie was able to go through the most difficult moments of his life with acceptance and an amazing perspective as he received proper health care. Morrie did not receive medications specifically indicated for ALS because there had not been any medications indicated for its management at the time. But provision of health care to him by doctors, physical therapists and nurses helped improve his quality of life. This team of hea...
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...suit for academic excellence and development of a professional career while neglecting several other important things in life. This can leave one unhappy and unfulfilled. Love is one of the greatest needs of man. Loving others and being loved by others is indispensable to living a fulfilled life. I agree with Morrie that “love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone” and his belief that we must "love each other or perish.” The message of the book is like a knock on the door, the decision lies with every reader to open the door of communication with better relationships to others. I choose to open mine. I chose to become more open to letting others into my world. I resolve to contribute at least a smile, a shared laughter or a compliment to those around me today because life is too unpredictable to procrastinate on giving such little indispensable gifts.
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