Update from Rick

by Rick Raker on Thu, 2014-12-18 12:57

Dear Friends,

The View From My Window Is Still Lovely.

Rick Raker

However, I must apologize for not communicating. These days … My correspondence by email Has been short, I have neglected my blog, I have stopped seeing visitors. This has that not been by choice. I have lost the ability to control my computer by my voice. My conversation ability is mostly just single word answers.

Very frustrating, but recently my insurance coverage approved the pc eye go! This will let me control my computer with eyegaze. This is great technology, but will take some time to master. I am very grateful to have it. Very grateful for all of the support and prayers from my friends and caregivers.

This is just another part of my journey. I've got so much to be thankful for, so much to look forward to.

The blog was posted originally on December 7, 2014.

About the Author

My name is Richard K. Raker, and I am 54 years old. I have lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, with my wife and son for 26 years. I have ALS, a terminal illness diagnosed in 2006. Prior to 2006, I worked as an English as a Second Language teacher, and then as a computer trainer for a major health care organization. Very soon after my diagnosis and a quick disease progression, I was totally bedridden, relying on a ventilator to breathe. I no longer could work, so I spent most of my time reading and watching TV and movies. And then one day, I discovered the joy of writing.

First, I struggled through a memoir about the first 25 years of my life, telling the story of the events leading up to my decision to move to Japan. It felt good to write. Writing takes me away from my everyday troubles and gives me a creative voice that I never knew I had. The memoir, A Remarkable Life, Lived by an Ordinary Person, has been self-published using Createspace.com and is available on Amazon.com. After that, I realized that I had a few more stories that I needed to write. I enjoy writing. The two or three hours a day that I spend working on my stories is very therapeutic. I write selfishly. It is fun and gives me a much-needed purpose in life, but I do hope that you will enjoy reading what I have written. Thank you all for your love and support. Be sure to visit my blog called A View from Rick's WindowWeb page, DVD reviews and Facebook page.

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