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A life impossible : living with ALS : finding peace and wisdom within a fragile existence / Steve Gleason with Jeff Duncan.

Gleason, Steve, 1977- (author.). Duncan, Jeff, (author.).


"In 2011, three years after leaving the NFL, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, a terminal disease that takes away the ability to move, talk, and breathe. Doctors gave him three years to live. He was thirty-three years old. As Steve says, he is now ten years past his expiration date. His memoir is the chronicle of a remarkable life, one filled with optimism and joy, despite the trauma and pain and despair he has experienced. Writing using eye-tracking technology, Gleason covers his pre-ALS life through the highs and lows of his NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, where he made one of the most memorable plays in Saints history, leading to a victory in the first post-Katrina home game, uplifting the city, making him a hero, and reflected in a nine-foot bronze statue outside the Superdome. Then came his heartbreaking diagnosis. Gleason lost all muscle function. He now uses Stephen Hawking-like technology to communicate, and breathes with the help of a ventilator. This book captures Gleason and his wife Michel's unmatched resilience as they reinvent their lives, refuse to succumb to despair, and face his disease realistically and existentially. This unsparing portrait argues that a person's true strength does not reside solely in one's body but also in the ability to face unfathomable adversity and still be able to love and treasure life." -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593536810
  • ISBN: 0593536819
  • Physical Description: 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2024.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Naked tears -- Roots -- Growth -- Sports -- Saints -- Michel -- Nola -- Rebirth -- 165 Days -- Failure -- Disbelief -- Into the unknown -- Resolve -- Losing control -- Darkness -- Compassion -- Being the light -- Gratitude and service -- Fatherhood -- The beauty of being broken.
Subject: Gleason, Steve, 1977- > Health.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis > Patients > Biography.
Football players > United States > Biography.
Genre: Informational works.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

  • 6 of 7 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Jefferson County.


  • 2 current holds with 7 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jefferson County Library-Arnold 616.839 GLEASON (Text) 30061100287768 New Books Available -
Jefferson County Library-Northwest 616.839 GLEASON (Text) 30051100287777 New Books Available -

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