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hello, everyone, thanks so much for letting us into your living room on this saturday. i'm pamela brown in for fredricka whitfield. and here are the top stories we're following in the "cnn newsroom" -- a bride is missing after what was supposed to be a fun night of boating ended violently in new york. her wedding is just two weeks away and her family, as you can imagine, is devastated. we are live from the scene up next. and in russia edward snowden sits and waits still stuck inside an airport terminal.
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but outside the politics heat up as the country considers his asylum request. so, what could this mean for the u.s. and russia? and a mayor accused of sexual harassment, a mayoral hopeful admits to sexting, we ask a sex therapist what's really going on here and do these guys really think they can get away with it. a prewedding joyride on a boat ends in a horrifying accident in new york. two people including the bride-to-we are missing. four others are injured. and as you can just imagine, the bride's mother is devastated by this news. take a listen to what she has to say -- >> what we understand from her fiance, they hit something. he called 911. he was unconscious, reached for his phone when he came to. there were three people in the boat with him out cold.
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and lindsay and mark lennon who is their best man. are missing. she's supposed to be married two weeks from today, yeah. it just can't end like this. >> you just cannot even imagine what that mother is feeling. it's just agonizing to hear her. alina cho with us on the phone for us now. you've been covering this story, alina. tell us about the missing. we know the bride-to-be and the best man were supposed to be in the wedding in two weeks. what more can you tell us? >> well, pamela, as you look out on to the water you can see the search boats right now. the search is well under way, the two people missing among them as you mentioned this 30-year-old woman named lindsay stewart, a bride-to-be, due to be married exactly two weeks from today. the other missing person is said to be the best man in the wedding. four people were injured in this boating accident. but thankfully survived. here's what we know about what happened --
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apparently this boat left the marina near where we are right now at about 10:00 last night. it was a 21-foot stingray, a small sea boat with six people on board. not long after they left the marina, the boat apparently hit a barge near the tappan zee bridge, if you know the area, this is about 25 miles north of new york city. the groom was on the boat. among the survivors. when the accident was -- when it happened, he was knocked unconscious. when he woke up, he called 911. >> and -- >> there were four people remaining on the boat when the boat was located just south of the tappan zee bridge. they had various head injuries, and one party was unconscious. >> we still have two people missing. we are beginning our search this morning to go back out and try to attempt to locate the two missing individuals. >> as i mentioned, the search is under way for these two missing
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people. within the past hour or so, we did see the parents of lindsay stewart, this bride-to-be, of course, they are hoping for a miracle. the mother tells me that they were not wearing life jackets which is not good news, and as the search continues and the hours pass, pamela, of course, they become less and less hopeful that these two people will be found alive. pamela? >> you mentioned you spoke to the mother of the bride-to-be. any more reaction from family of the missing? >> yes. we learned a little bit, i mean, obviously these two parents were incredibly distraught. they are awaiting for any sort of news. obviously hoping for the best possible news. but they did tell me a bit about lindsay and her wedding plans. she said that they were due to be married nearby in two weeks, that she had planned the wedding herself, that she and her groom had actually known each other since they were 10 years old. they went to church together and started dating about three years
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ago. both were said to be work-aholics. they both live not far from where we are. but clearly this was a couple that had their entire lives ahead of them, and right now the groom is in the hospital suffering from massive head injuries. apparently unable to speak and headed into surgery, pamela? >> and you just have to think, you know, this is supposed to be the most exciting part of this woman's life and just your heart goes out to her parents right now. we just hope that there will be a positive resolution. alina cho, keep us posted. moving to san diego now. scandal-ridden mayor is trying to save his career and his r reputation by going to therapy. mayor bob filner announced yesterday he's going into two weeks of intensive therapy to start to address what he calls inappropriate behave. seven women are accusing him of unwanted kissing, groping, other harassment. and one of the alleged victims told poppy harlow about one time when he was a congressman.
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>> he got up and came over and sat next to me in the booth, pinning me in, and i don't remember because it was such a suspension of time and space in my life, this was so unexpected. that i don't remember if he directly asked for a kiss or tried to kiss me. but it became -- it was very uncomfortable. >> and just ahead, i will talk with a sex psychologist about filner's behavior and what kind of help he'll receive over two weeks' time and if that's enough, that will be coming up. in the meantime, today marks 60 years since the signing of the agreement that ended the korean war and commemorating the thousands killed in the war, president obama told the crowd at the korean war veterans memorial that the country has learned many lessons from 60 years ago. >> korea taught us the perils when we fail to prepare after the second world war, a rapid drawdown left our troops underequipped, so in the early days of korea, their rockets
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literally bounced off enemy tanks. today, as we end a decade of war and reorient our forces for the future, as we make hard choices at home, our allies and adversaries must know the united states of america will maintain the strongest military the world has ever known bar known always. that is what we do. >> more than 35,000 americans died in the korean war. and meanwhile in the reclusive north korea, the country celebrated the agreement which it calls a north victory with a huge military parade as we see, two hours of tanks, bands and goose-stepping under a blazing sun in pyongyang there in north korea. and here's a look at what's trending at this hour -- the sister of a man who jodi arias admits to killing plans to throw a day of celebration party for his birthday tomorrow. travis alexander would have been 36 years old. his sister also has invited some
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of the jurors who found jodi arias guilty of murder to the private party. police say a sex offender who was released from a vermont jail is now headed to california. timothy zag made national headlines when the state of vermont put out a warning to possible neighbors detailing what type of child he could strike again. he was sent to prison in 2001 for attacking a kid. he saw playing in the woods. and the parents of actress amanda bynes have requested conservatorship over her but a judge reportedly needs more time to decide. bynes a former nickelodeon star is sitting in a psychiatric hospital right now. she was detained after she was accused of lighting a gas can on fire in someone's driveway. and a horrific night and one south florida community, a standoff leaves six people dead and lots of questions to be answered. we'll have the latest on what happened there in south florida up next, right after this break. we'll be right back. ok, i am coming. [ susan ] i hate that the reason we're always stopping
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and so i went outside, and my neighbors were screaming that my parents had been shot. >> reporter: shot and killed. the first two victims in friday night's shooting spree were a husband and wife, who managed the apartments. >> great people, you know, great grandparents, i can't even say, they're just flawless grandparents. >> reporter: in an interview with cnn police kdescribed the chaos as they cornered the shooter. he took two other people as hostages. >> they coordinated with s.w.a.t and eventually they rescued both hostages inside and the subject was also killed. >> police found three other bodies in the apartment complex and one across the street. all together during the eight-hour ordeal seven people were killed including the gunman. police have not released his identification or established a motive, but they tell cnn that the suspect's mother lived at the apartment complex, pamela? >> nick valencia, thank you for that report. safe to say that he really wants to be the next mayor of
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in the race to be mayor of america's largest city, indeed
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the financial capital of the world, it is not crime, health care, or education they're talking about, it's former congressman anthony weiner and his sexually explicit text me messa messaging. polls had shown him leading but after more sexting, new polls show weiner trailing christine quinn, she's at 25% to weiner's 16% among new york democrats. fredricka whitfield talked with cnn's chief political analyst gloria borger about the race. >> as anthony weiner's campaign for mayor of new york city takes a big hit with voters, many conversations about this scandal continue to revolve around weiner's wife, huma. what did she know? why did she stand by his side at a press conference this week, implore to voters to do the same, forgive him, believe in him? cnn chief political analyst gloria borger wrote this on cnn.com earlier this week about the dynamics of the campaign and the weiner marriage.
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gloria writing this -- is running for mayor a required part of couples therapy? this should be a private matter, but once weiner threw his hat in the ring asking for redemption, it became a lot less private. gloria joining me now from washington. so, this united front of huma and anthony weiner sharing the spotlig spotlight, what are the potential political benefits of this strategy? >> well, i think that if huma had not spoken on behalf of her husband, i don't know whether he'd still be in this race. i mean, it's very clear to me that huma going out there, speaking the way she did as emotionally as she did, saying i love him, you know, that she trusts him and that he believes in him was a message to the voters that if she has forgiven him, as she said, then they should do the same. and i think that, you know, that's a very, very powerful message coming from the wife,
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right? >> yes, it is. usually, oftentimes, you'll see the wife perhaps standing by her man but not necessarily speaking. except i do call maria shriver doing that for arnold schwarzenegger when he was running for governor. >> she did. >> this is a very powerful moment, but you have to wonder whether this campaign, if there is a breaking point. what is being weighed to determine should he stay in the race or move on? >> well, you know, at this point i think he's in the race. i think that the poll numbers as you know are headed in the wrong direction for him. there's a question of whether he would make it into a runoff in the democratic primary. he's being, you know, new york reporters are aggressive -- >> dogged. >> dogged. and so, you know, the candidate, you see him there, he's being followed everywhere he goes. and the problem for him right now, set aside the personal issues, which are hard to set
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aside, which as a candidate you try to make the campaign about your opponents, talk about how you would do a better job for the city of new york than either of your opponents. right now he can't seem to get away from answering questions about how many women he was involved in sexting with. and, you know, that's not good for his campaign at all. >> no, it's not. it's not -- not to know that number. so -- >> right. >> -- what about huma in terms of her visibility? yes, she was on that united front in that press conference, but do they have to remain publicly very much a pair in all of this? >> i think so. she is sophisticated, savvy, smart, elegant, and i think she told the public that she is all-in in this campaign. and before this most recent problem, she had become more visible on the campaign trail. and i think, you know, just
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logistically that's a problem because then the focus becomes on her, and she's not used to being in the -- in the political spotlig spotlight, so i'm sure that's tough for her personally. but it's clear to me from watching her, that she's is a partner in this campaign, and that this, you know, -- this running for the mayor is a joint decision they made. >> do you think she has political aspirations of her own given she is familiar with campaigning, but usually in the background, now out in front? >> you know, i doubt she's thinking about that right now. i think that she is a former top aide to hillary clinton, somebody who's been involved in politics, but who's been with mrs. clinton when she was at the state department. i doubt that her aspirations are running for political office. it seems to me that she married into that and that she's surrounded by it.
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but she seems to me to be somebody who is very comfortable behind the scenes. with hillary clinton. somebody who is very loyal. and, in fact, has shown her loyalty to her husband in this race. >> so, looking into your political crystal ball, how do you see this evolving? how do you see this ending potentially? >> well, i think it's a really uphill struggle for anthony weiner to become mayor of new york. political experts i talked to in new york wonder whether he's going to make it into that -- into that runoff. his poll numbers are headed in the wrong direction. his favorability is headed in the wrong direction. so, you know, i think the odds become longer and longer and longer for him to win this race. >> gloria borger, thank you so much. good to see you. >> sure. and anthony weiner and san diego's bob filner both embroiled in sex scandals. now that mayor filner is choosing to seek treatment for his inappropriate behavior, i'll talk to a therapist who
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information. let's listen in. >> we can report at this time that we did recover one body, appears to be a female body. just recently off the shore in the piermont area, between the marina where we were set up and the tappan zee bridge. >> so, he's stopping short of saying that is the bride-to-be, but as he said, a female body was recovered there in the hudson river just a tragic story there out of new york, and we'll keep you apprised of any new developments. and moving over to egypt now, violent clashes leave dozens dead in the streets there and the violence may not stop after a report from the interim interior minister, that ousted president mohammed morsi will likely be moved to a prison. he's facing allegations that he clacked before he was elected. last night's violence left anywhere from 46 to 74 people dead according to conflicting
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reports there. and in spain a judge has until sunday night to decide whether to officially charge the train driver in wednesday's deadly crash there. the driver jose francisco garzon is in custody accused of reckless homicide. the crash hild at leakilled at people. san diego mayor bob filner is hoping that therapy will be the answer to saving his career and saving face following a flood of sexual harassment allegations. seven women are accusing filner of unwanted groping, kissing, and other inappropriate behavior but instead of bowing to pressure to resign he announced plans to get counseling. let's get to a certified sex therapist to talk more about it, and she joins us from charleston, south carolina, and you specialize in treating sex addictions. tell me how that works exactly, to start off here. >> thanks for having me on the show. sexual addiction is treated in in-patient treatment just as any other addiction is, only it's
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specifically suited towards people that have inappropriate sexual behaviors. >> all right. and in this case, what do you think, do you think this really is sexual addiction? do you think this is misogyny, narcissism ? as far as what you know with mayor filner, what's your take on it? >> my take on mayor filner he's an egotist and a narcissist, the problem with narcissists, they don't have empathy with their victims, there's been a pervasive pattern of degradation of women in his office and this is simply not sex addiction, this is the belief he's above the law and he can do whatever he wants and the pervasive of the degradation needs to be ended not necessarily by treatment by a change in office. >> and, doctor, in that case, do you think this is incorrigible behavior or do you think intensive therapy could be the solution here? he's saying two weeks of therapy, he's saying it's going to be ongoing therapy. do you think that's going to help? >> i do think that therapy helps. i think it's important for him
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to have an awareness of what his behavior has done to his victims. however, we've known since 1991 that sexual harassment is against the law, since anita hill and clarence thomas. it doesn't take two weeks to solve a problem that in 20 years with all the information that we have about sexual harass the being illegal that we can expect that his behavior's going to change, two weeks does not change a character disorder in a personality in a person. >> what do you make of the fact, doctor, that he's saying he's not going to resign? what's that all about? >> in any other workplace in america, if you are guilty of having seven people bring allegations of sexual harassment to the level of degradation that he did, he would be fired. we must not tolerate this in america. it must be an example so that we can elevate the status of women within the workplace. >> and as he said, you know, these are allegations at this point and this will play out in
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court. but he is admitting that he has a problem and he's seeking therapy, so we'll have to see how this plays out, doctor, thank you very much. >> thank you. and tomorrow morning at 6:00 on "new day sunday" the second woman to accuse filner of sexual harassment will tell her story and she'll tell us what he thinks about his move to seek therapy. in the meantime, new details in the edward snowden case, the u.s. gives new details that may give russia pause to send the leaker home. s how to handle a saturday crowd. ♪ [ male announcer ] the parking lot helps by letting us know who's coming. the carts keep everyone on the right track. the power tools introduce themselves. all the bits and bulbs keep themselves stocked. and the doors even handle the checkout so we can work on that thing that's stuck in the thing. [ female announcer ] today, cisco is connecting the internet of everything. so everyone goes home happy.
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we're learning more about how the u.s. plans to handle the case of nsa leaker edward snowden. attorney general eric holder told russian authorities the former computer contractor will not face the death penalty if he's returned home. he faces espionage charges back
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in the united states for leaking sweeping details about the u.s. surveillance program, but that doesn't mean he won't end up staying in russia. david barrett is a professor of political science at villanova university, he's in philadelphia for us. so, tell us, david barrett, who is in a tougher position right now, vladimir putin or president obama? what's your take? >> they are both in very awkward positions. this is some sort of intelligence coup for putin and for the russian government, but in the longer term as the weeks and the months go by, i'm not sure that snowden can continue to provide them with very much useful information. and meanwhile, it's disruptive to their relations with the united states. it's disruptive for putin's particular plan to have one-on-one meetings with president obama, prior to the g-20 meeting in september, which isn't too far off, so this is not great in all respects for russia. but for president obama, there's
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a real challenge here. he in his presidency has attempted to be very strong on national security issues, and the idea of snowden being out there somewhere, whether it's russia or some other country, and continuing to speak publicly and perhaps privately to intelligence agencies of other countries, this is not a good scenario for president obama either. >> and we've heard vladimir putin say that he doesn't -- he doesn't want snowden to continue to hurt the u.s. and so forth, so if he does say in russia, he could be silenced, that is a possibility and obviously a better option for the u.s., right? >> well, it's -- on the face of it seems to be better for the u.s., for snowden, if he is going to continue to be in russia, if he gets out of the airport and he stays on in russia, it's something for the u.s. if snowden is silenced by the russian government. however, that does mean that the
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russian government can continue to ask lots of questions in private of snowden, so it's not an ideal solution for the u.s. i don't think that the u.s. government is prepared just yet to say, yes, that's what we will agree to. it's better than some other possibilities, but it's not great if that's the scenario -- >> right. >> -- of snowden being silenced. it's something, but it's not very good for the u.s. >> and now the u.s. still wants him to come back facing those espionage charges. >> yes. >> but what does russia have to gain by keeping snowden there? obviously he could have some more information, but according to officials he doesn't have the crown jewels, what does he have to gain considering this could hurt u.s./russia relations? >> honestly, in the longer run beyond the period of a week or a couple months i don't see what russia has to gain from keeping snowden there, so i think it's very much in their interests for snowden to go elsewhere. on the other hand, for russia to
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turn snowden over to the u.s. is very unpalatable for putin and the russian government because it seems like then they're being excessively differential to the united states government. meanwhile, snowden has many admirers around the world, so that's not very attractive. but, again, from the u.s. vantage point, it seems obvious to me that president obama is serious about this. he wants snowden back to face the legal processes. >> yeah, you mention all the support for snowden. it's very different from back in the 1960s when two american citizens defected to soviet union. this is just -- very similar, but also very different in the same way when you look at all the support. and you have to wonder, david barrett, what his life is going to be like if he defects to russia or elsewhere outside the u.s. >> well, i agree. there were two young men who defected from the u.s. to the soviet union in 1960, they were employees actually of the nsa. and so that event in august,
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september 1960 was the first time that massive details were released to the world about national security agency. and it did harm u.s. interests. but those two young men thought when they went to the soviet union were moving to a workers' paradise. that's what they thought. what they discovered was that life in the soviet union wasn't very good and they led long and unhappy lives. now, snowden may have a better scenario ahead. i think russia these days is a better place to be than the soviet union, you know, 50 years ago. but i think he has obviously discovered, snowden has discovered, that life -- in his situation life is very hard and may be very hard for a long time to come. >> you're right. it looks bleak for him. all right, professor david barrett, thank you very much. well, imagine being duct taped from head to toe with only the use of your eyes. that's how a.l.s. patients feel. coming up we get a first hand look from one of our very end, cnn anchor suzanne malveaux
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cells in your brain and spinal cord, the cells that control our muscles, slowly degenerate. they die. >> reporter: a fatal condition that would paralyze her limb by limb. first taking away her ability to swallow. then speak. then breathe. >> really devastating. >> you become angry. cry a lot. >> i just felt like being on the floor was the most comfortable place, the only place i wanted to be. >> i've been angry as hell. >> a whole host of emotions. >> i was just very afraid. >> reporter: mom responded differently. embracing her new orleans roots, let the good times roll. ♪ in 2012, we squeezed in two family reunions, a beach trip, a
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birthday party, a visit to the white house, and her own wish come true -- >> totally insane. >> reporter: -- to drive an 18 wheeler. >> i can do it. >> reporter: but life for mom got tougher fast. within a year she could no longer swallow or breathe on her own. speaking also became very difficult. >> are you angry or -- >> no. >> no? >> not angry. i'm just dealing with it. day by day. no, i'm not angry at least not yet. >> reporter: mom decided to fight. first by going before the fda to push to make drug trials more available, something that was too late for her. >> mom has always said i'm on board. well, i urge you to get on board, too. >> reporter: mom also wanted to tell our family's story. but the week we were scheduled
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to do our interview, mom was rushed to the e.r. with pneumonia which changed everything. >> and she was having difficulty breathing, and she says, i'm exhausted. >> she was so, so scared. you could see it in her eyes how scared she was. >> reporter: mom was transferred to johns hopkins where there are a.l.s. specialists. >> i thought we could have lost her that night. >> your mother was in the end stage of a.l.s., she would have moved into a coma and she would have died within a few days. >> reporter: instead mom chose an extraordinary lifesaving measure, to get a tracheotomy, a tube hooked to a machine that would force air into her lungs and breathe for her. a game-changer. >> we haven't cured them of their disease, but we do keep them alive. >> reporter: 90% of a.l.s. patients do not get a trach, either because they don't have the money, the resources or the
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desire. keeping alive is hard work for mom. since she cannot clear her throat, a machine has to do it for her. a procedure which is done at least a dozen times a day relieves the feeling that she's drowning. mom uses a word board to spell out our conversations. >> very tall. >> reporter: occasionally through a speaking valve put on her trach, she's able to talk just a few sentences at a time. can you say hello? >> hello. >> reporter: hello, i love your voice. >> i love your voice. >> reporter: it would be nine weeks in the hospital learning how to care for her. before mom would be able to come home on life support. >> breaking out. getting out of here. >> i miss momma. >> good luck, good luck, good luck. >> reporter: her journey is bringing us closer together and changing us as a family. >> i learned i have inner strength i didn't think i had. >> reporter: mom's message to all of us? >> be strong.
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>> reporter: because after all, mom is still mom. >> she's still, you know, giving me a hard time about my curley hair being messy or -- >> she's the glue. >> she's a fighter. >> reporter: these days mom has a new sense of freedom. zooming around the house in her motorized chair usually with grandkids in tow. the sun on her face, surrounded by family, she's still leading the parade. >> what an incredible woman your mother is. >> thank you. >> suzanne -- >> i appreciate that. >> she is still a prisoner in her own body but she still has that fighting spirit and she is motivating all of us including you to be strong. i love how she said that. what have you i'm thinking, okay, this is from the woman who is in the chair, you know? it really is amazing because her spirit is there, her mind is there. you had brought up the analogy before, if you imagine what it's
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like, really, to be duct taped head to toe and just have your eyes open that that's essentially what it's like to have als, and it really is about the emotional connection you have with the person you love that makes them alive and come to life. because if you can imagine, that's really how we define our lives now. it's not about whether or not you can breathe or eat or speak but whether or not you have that kind of emotional connection. >> and so she has -- you know, it doesn't affect her cognitively or any other way, it's just her body is basically shutting down on her, it seems. what struck me watching this is the beginning of the piece when you see her at the parade, and then five months later she was diagnosed with this. it's amazing how quickly it can come on. what were the symptoms you saw in your mother? >> it was very fast and it was very subtle. this is why als is so confusing in a way, because her speech started to slur. so you think maybe that's a stroke or she would trip and fall and you would think maybe that's arthritis. so unless you test for certain neuro muscular diseases, you're
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not really going to pick this up any time soon. the other thing is 90% of this is random, it's sporadic. it's not passed on genetically, so there are so many questions about where this disease comes from. they're looking at athletes, they're looking at the environment, but they still haven't actually figured out something that connects all those different groups. but my mom is still very independent. we have a van, the motorized chair, she gets out to church. we're going, we're taking trips, road trips, these kinds of things because she has that spirit, she has that life inside of her, still. >> it certainly has not tempered her spirit, and she's a fighter and she's moving forward with her life. thank you for bringing this to our attention, susan. thank you for coming back on. i know you were here early this morning, and producer dave brown says thank you for coming back. >> as my mom would say, don't be a wimp. >> and you certainly are not a wimp. thank you for bringing this to our attention.
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