We spend a lot of time criticizing Neil Cavuto around here and I'm not going to argue he doesn't deserve it. But he also deserves some praise and sympathy for the way he deals with the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis. So in honor of MS Awareness Week, here are a few other things you should know about Cavuto.
Cavuto wrote a guest post for RealWorldHealth.org (h/T TVNewser) two days ago in which he revealed a bit about what he deals with:
This MS Awareness Week, it’s about reminding folks what it feels like to be…weak…to be vulnerable, to simply be unable to do the simplest things.
… I often memorize copy and whole segments of my show in my head, for those moments I lose my vision. But there’s much more to it than that. After all, that’s fairly easy when I’m the one writing my shows…I kind of remember what I said. But it’s also about maintaining my physical energy, and that means denying the very progression of the disease itself.
Each and every morning, no matter what, I exercise my legs – certainly no Olympian workout – but on a treadmill or stationary bike, doing what I can to keep these legs going, even when they’re not cooperating. I’m forever panicked that someday they’ll simply fail, and then I’ll be a cripple. I fear that day is coming. Some neurologists warn me that given the progressive nature of my MS, it “will” be coming. But I fight like hell to push that day off. If I can pass along any advice at all, it is simply that – to simply never accept a prognosis as is. Fight it. Challenge it. “Will” yourself over it. Many doctors say it’s a naïve approach to the disease, but attitude counts a lot for me with MS, as it did for me two decades ago when I was battling advanced Hodgkin’s Disease. Then, as now, it was about one day at a time, and staying optimistic and positive all the time.
…It might sound crazy to say that I’m grateful for MS, and grateful as well for having had cancer…but I am, and here’s why. It’s made me a better person, a better father, and a better husband. …“I” know it’s made me a more complete soul…just appreciating the fragility of life. That’s why I never take it for granted and have a healthy respect for just appreciating your health…compromised as it is. Because it sure beats…the alternative.
I have some friends with MS and I know what a terrible disease it is.
So while you may never hear me say this again, on this day, for this reason, I salute Neil Cavuto - along with all others dealing with MS.
Lest we forget (and yes, I’m going to go Godwin here) Hitler, by all accounts, was a wonderful and devoted pet owner. That doesn’t even begin to make up for the rest of his inhuman attitude and treatment of his fellow humans.
*I trust people got the in-joke there.
So, yeah- Kudos to him for being a decent person on this post, but I really wish it could happen on Fox, as well.