Stephen Moser's Come a Long Way

RECEIVED Fri., Jan. 11, 2013

Dear Mr. Moser,
    When I first moved to Austin in 1997 and started reading the Chronicle, I was confused and disappointed by your “After a Fashion” column. It just seemed to be a society page with a lot of name-dropping that had absolutely nothing to do with fashion.
    I hope this is not too strange.
    Since your diagnosis, after the dramatic coping mechanisms, your columns fascinate me. They have improved dramatically. Not only have you actually written about fashion, but you have returned to design, yourself.
    You are showing a strength of spirit in the face of a terrible illness within your words. And, in my opinion, all that you have dealt with has made you more eloquent.
    Just to let you know where I’m coming from – I write, myself. Never professionally, but I do love writing. I’m the son of an English teacher.
    I have dabbled in fashion design (a long time ago), have sold men’s clothing, was a hairdresser for 10 years, and am currently on my way to begin designing some very strange jewelry. The point of all that is – to someone like me, you are an inspiration. I’m even thinking about learning to sew now. (The stuff I did before was altering existing garments.) Anyway, just wanted to show some luvs. Keep your fur-lined fighting gloves on, and beat the shit outta this cancer.
    You’ve come a long way, baby.
    And consider this for your own inspiration: Most people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) die within seven years of diagnosis. Stephen Hawking has had it for decades – he is the longest-living known ALS patient, and one of the sharpest minds the scientific world has known.
    So keep on rockin’.
From a former nonfan who is now an avid one, have a great new year,
James Richard Weedman
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