"My wife Jan and I confirm that I have been diagnosed with a slow case of ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. I am under the care of a world-class physician, Dr. Robert H. Brown Jr., Chair of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. I've had symptoms for four years. Despite some weaknesses, I am feeling quite well. I maintain a full and varied work schedule, love playing with my three grandchildren and attending my son-in-law's NHL games, regularly complete six miles on an exercise bike, and enjoy the movies and dining out with friends. I'm leading a normal, private life. I will always be truly grateful for the opportunity to have served 35 years in public service. But now that I am a private citizen, my health is a private matter. Other than this statement, Jan and I choose not to discuss this further and ask that our privacy be respected."
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