Roger Ebert's Inspiring Life After Cancer

Posted on February 16, 2010

Esquire has an interesting article about what life is today for Roger Ebert. The reknowned film critic can longer eat, drink or speak since he underwent a series of surgeries that included the removal of his lower jaw.

Roger Ebert can't remember the last thing he ate. He can't remember the last thing he drank, either, or the last thing he said. Of course, those things existed; those lasts happened. They just didn't happen with enough warning for him to have bothered committing them to memory - it wasn't as though he sat down, knowingly, to his last supper or last cup of coffee or to whisper a last word into Chaz's ear. The doctors told him they were going to give him back his ability to eat, drink, and talk. But the doctors were wrong, weren't they? On some morning or afternoon or evening, sometime in 2006, Ebert took his last bite and sip, and he spoke his last word.

Despite losing of ability to speak Roger Ebert is saying more than ever through his writing. He continues to write movie reviews and also has a blog for the Chicago Sun Times. Recently, he wrote a moving blog entry titled Nil by Mouth where he explains what he misses and doesn't miss about no longer eating. In addition to his journal, Roger Ebert is also very active on Twitter, where he comments on movies and a wide range of other topics.


More from Writers Write