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Dec. 12th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)
Oh dear. It's very Pterry-ish of him to be keeping so positive, but still not good news. Thanks for passing it on.
Dec. 12th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
Oh, how sad. Even though he aten't dead yet.
Dec. 12th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
On the positive side:
1. it's not cancer/plague/[insert rapid death here]. He aten't dead & D.V. won't be for a long time to come.
2. He's still quite himself - two weeks ago he remembered me spontaneously (we last met nearly 7 years ago), and he hasn't changed at all to talk to casually. (Family & close friends will be experiencing different things, of course.)
3. He has a huge support network and should be able to get a lot done with their help if it becomes too hard to continue single-handedly - good news both for fans and for him.
Dec. 12th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
For Pterry to die of plague would be like William of Ockham dying by cutting himself while shaving.
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Dec. 12th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
Oh crap!
Dec. 12th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Damn damn damn

At least he hasn't lost his sense of humor.

Still...damn damn damn

We finally saw Hogfather, and thought it was a brilliant realization of a Discworld novel.
Dec. 12th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
Damn it, why couldn't someone really deserving catch this statistical bullet instead? (Or, on second thoughts, preferably no-one.)

I'm particularly worried by the phrase "early-onset Alzheimers". Because that means it's not Alzheimer's, almost by definition; it's something else. There's been good work on real Alzheimer's lately, but weird rare stuff is less likely to be treatable.
Dec. 12th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Some people say "Alzheimer's" when they mean dementia. More than half of dementia has nothing to do with Alzheimer's (my mother died of vascular dementia last year). Alzheimer's is plaques, tangles, amyloid beta. Early-onset Alzheimer's is usually genetic, with some identified markers and pathways. This ought to make it more treatable than regular Alzheimer's (it gives us additional information about the workings of the disease, which ought to make it easier to aim our clogs). But the distance from 'ought' to 'is' is almost as far as that from 'is' to 'ought'.
Dec. 12th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Early on-set Alzheimer's is pretty much the same as regular Alzheimer's except that it hits people under 65 and it tends to progress more rapidly.


Dec. 12th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Bummer..I just started getting into Discworld too. :( Oh well, I still have 28 more books to read.
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