Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Two days to live

Kelly Reynolds has two days to live.

Doctors gave the Bradenton, Fla., resident just nine months when they diagnosed him with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

That was three and a half years ago.

Reynolds just wasn't ready to go.

He has stretched his time and lived it on his terms -- a pattern he will extend to his death.

Reynolds has asked to be removed from his respirator Friday. He has helped his wife, Michelle, plan his funeral, which is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.

Two days from death, Reynolds isn't sitting around waiting for Friday to come. He's invited friends to his visitation, which he's holding in his Tampa hospital room until Thursday. He's still sneaking hot fudge sundaes in the hospital. He's still living life on his terms.

Kelly Reynolds will die on Friday. But in his 42 short years, the guy sure learned how to live.

Read the article about Kelly Reynolds and his family here.