When he was first diagnosed with ALS -- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease -- on Dec. 6, 2010, Bruce Kramer was dean of the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas. Since then, he has shared his journey with the incurable disease from time to time with MPR Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. This page collects those conversations. Click on each headline to hear Kramer's reflections, read what he has to say, view photo galleries and videos.
"Humans have some experience with angel wrestling and it's an experience where generally you come out of it a little wounded but you also come out of it a little stronger," Bruce Kramer says. "I'm doing a lot of thinking about how, moving through ALS into its final phases, that works."
Bruce Kramer was diagnosed with the incurable disease ALS in 2010 and says that he's accepted his fate, even as he rises to the challenge of living with the disease by taking part in drug trials and now by using a machine that helps him to breathe -- and feel better.
This month marks the third year since Bruce Kramer of Minneapolis received a medical diagnosis that changed his life in an instant. Now he's using a pacemaker-like implant that helps him breathe and feel better, even as he knows his ALS won't halt its march.
This is part of our continuing series of stories about Bruce Kramer, the former dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas, as he copes with life after being diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Bruce Kramer found a safe haven for conversation about ALS with a friend who also had the disease. They talked together freely and sometimes with raw emotion.
As we get older, there's no denying that our bodies change. Photographs of ourselves can be startling, sometimes unnerving reminders of those changes.
When it comes to bucket lists, "you have to care about other people," Bruce Kramer says. "You have to care about other things besides yourself."
Bruce Kramer has been in two drug trials since being diagnosed with ALS. The second recently ended, but he's asked the drug company to let him keep taking the medicine.
"Obviously we're not talking about a cure for ALS here," Bruce Kramer says. But if a medicine helps a patient feel better, "that would certainly be helpful."
We follow Bruce Kramer as he delivers a guest lecture at the University of Minnesota medical school.
The ancient discipline of yoga keeps attracting new followers. Bruce Kramer says it helps him cope with ALS.
Birthdays can take on special meanings: Tangible evidence that they are still here, yet also milestones on a dwindling journey.
A drug trial that intrigued doctors who treat patients who have ALS, including Bruce Kramer, of Minneapolis, has ended.
Bruce Kramer and his family, who will never forget the moment two years ago this month when he was diagnosed with ALS.
Bruce Kramer will no longer lead faculty and staff as dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas.
Bruce Kramer's legs no longer serve him. Seemingly simple tasks have become almost impossible for him to complete without help.
As ALS slowly saps Bruce Kramer's health, both he and his wife, Ev, are learning how to help him manage the disease -- and the unknown.
It's summer. School's out. Graduates have been urged to step out into the world. Teachers, including Bruce Kramer, tend to look back on the year.
Let's face it. Moving is no picnic. Packing boxes and physically moving them from place to place is tough task. Now, consider the difficulty if your mobility is limited.
Bruce Kramer talks about what it's like breaking the news of his disease with family and friends, and how he works against letting the disease define him.
Bruce Kramer is being treated for ALS at the Mayo Clinic -- the same clinic where 1930s baseball icon Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with the same disease.
On Dec. 6, 2010, Bruce Kramer was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Since then, his passion for music has lifted his spirits.