March 28, 2012
What would you do if you knew you had two to five years to live? Would you go skydiving? Follow your dreams of becoming a singer or someone well-known in your field? Cherish your friendships and family members?
These are all the things that 53-year-old former City College student Cathy Speck has accomplished in her life so far.
Speck spoke on March 14 to psychology professor Joanne Moylan-Aube’s class on “The Psychology of Death and Dying.”
As Speck strolled down the classroom aisle, she was aided by her walker, decorated with mini-stuffed animals and purple streamers that hung from either sides of the handlebars and shimmered when they hit a certain light. With assistance from Moylan, silence filled the room as everyone focused on Speck as she moved to the front of the classroom.
When Speck finally arrived, she looked at the class and said, “Death and dying is a serious matter,” and she then tooted the horn attached to her walker.
“Whoops, that wasn’t supposed to happen!” she said. The class let out a laugh and Speck said, “I am so happy and blessed to be here.”
In 2009, Speck was diagnosed with a rare but fatal disease called…» Read More