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Man battling ALS writes book with his eyes

Kipling Jackson is battling ALS, but he's also defying the odds. (Source: KATV) Kipling Jackson is battling ALS, but he's also defying the odds. (Source: KATV)
SHERWOOD, AR (KAIT/KATV) -

A Sherwood man battling ALS defies the odds.

According to KATV, six years ago Kipling Jackson fell after his leg went numb, then his fingers began to spasm.

After two years of searching for answers, Kip and his wife, Robin received a diagnosis they never imagined.

But Jackson refuses to let his diagnosis be a death sentence. Instead, he decided to write his own book.

Jackson has always wanted to write a book but he never could decide on what.

After public speaking about his relationship with the disease, it became apparent exactly what story needed to be told.

''I realized how interested people were in my story and my passion for life, so I decided to give it a shot," said Jackson. ''You must decide you want to live and then do it, every day is a new normal, but you can keep fighting and keep living this is your life and your story, you get to decide how you want to live it."

Jackson began writing his story using only his eyes.

A computer calibrates his eyes to form a word, he simply focuses on specific letters.

His book, ALS: A Respiratory Perspective, is not just for people with the disease but for any person struggling with a terminal illness.

He will have a book signing on April 28 at La Vadas event venue in North Little Rock.

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