Monday, July 11, 2016
Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree Sees ‘Blessing’ Despite Alzheimer’s:
A Harvard law professor who taught both President Obama and his wife, Michelle, told fellow members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church that his faith is helping him cope with a personal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
“I’ve made up my mind to be thankful for what I have rather than focus on what I may lose,” an emotional Charles Ogletree said Tuesday (July 6) in his bicentennial message at a banquet where 3,000 people kicked off the 50th quadrennial General Conference of the denomination in Philadelphia.
“Nothing but the grace of God and faith enables me to respond this way.”
Ogletree, 63, said he was recently diagnosed by a neurologist.
“It was something I had not anticipated and I didn’t know how to respond to it,” he said. “I never imagined that things like my health would slow me down in such a dramatic way. It was, I must admit, a blessing.”