He squeezed the small muscle between my thumb and index finger, and I knew I was in trouble.
She knew I was in trouble when a close view of my back showed numerous muscles twitching.
Still, we expected a lot of blood tests before any diagnosis...
"We'll conduct a wide range of blood work and tests, but I can say with some certainty that you have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis."
A year ago on this date, doctors at Johns Hopkins confirmed my diagnosis.
An emotional few days followed. The remainder of that day was spent making calls to my family and making the long journey home.
It was late by the time we got back to Lexington.
The past year has been hectic, to say the least: Neil and Jill's wedding, VMI alumni soccer, friends helping with firewood, taking Amanda to Ring Figure, The Conway Cup, a trip to Scotland, a trip to Ft. Benning to play in an Abrams Tank, skydiving, driving a Bugatti Veyron, getting a service dog, a trip to Myrtle Beach, celebrating 10 years of marriage with Amanda in Aruba, a trip to Topsail Beach, another trip to Scotland...
...and now retirement: October 31st will be my last day of work.