That’s the setup. This is the story: Because of his disease — a diagnosis of ALS usually results in death after three to five years — Gleason communicates via a computer that he controls by blinking. And he wrote an essay about his disease and his family via the same means, which Sports Illustrated’s Peter King ran as his column this week
. It’s emotionally touching, and it’s intellectually impressive in its analysis of what science can and can’t offer us as people. It’s worth reading in full.