Blogger with ALS lived life to fullest
Written by Dawn Turner Trice
Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00
Former exec faced terminal disease with brutal honesty, generous spirit
December 10, 2010 | By Dawn Turner Trice
In the short time I knew Anne Marie Schlekeway, I'd say her philosophy of life could be summed up this way: Give of yourself! Be grateful! Live life to its fullest!
Give of yourself! Be grateful! had been how Schlekeway lived long before she was diagnosed in early 2009 with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Live life to its fullest! was something she came across later.
By the time she died Thursday afternoon at her parents' home in west suburban Minooka, the 44-year-old Schlekeway seemed to have mastered all three.
The first time I visited with Schlekeway was Dec. 7, 2009. We met in a colorful and vibrant downtown restaurant to talk about her fledgling blog, KissMyALS.com
. The second time I met with her — though we often corresponded via e-mail — was on Tuesday, exactly one year to the day of our first meeting. This visit was in a hospital room.