Everyone who posts or lurks on the online discussion groups of the Illinois State Bar Association knows Rob “T.J.” Thurston. A solo practitioner with experience in law firms and as general counsel, TJ always has helpful, cogent, professional responses to questions about practice issues that lawyers frequently encounter, especially in small or solo settings. Because my “beat” at the Illinois Bar Journal is practice-oriented topics that appeal to a wide cross-section of lawyers in the state, TJ has been one of my “go-to” sources over the years that I’ve been writing for the IBJ. Among many other topics, I’ve quoted him on electronic filing in the courts, representing friends and family members, and using technology effectively to manage a solo practice.
I’d like to thank TJ not only for his consistently responding to my requests for commentary, no matter how busy he’s been, but also for linking to this blog on his own new blog, “Dee’s Battle with MS,” in which he chronicles his wife Deanna’s fight with multiple sclerosis.
As you can read in his posts, TJ and Deanna are exploring a treatment for MS that’s based on a relatively new theory for its cause that’s not yet accepted in the North American medical community. The theory is that MS is caused by “Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency” (CCSVI), and you can read more about it here. The treatment is, of course, expensive and will require TJ and Deanna to travel, adding even more to the cost. If you’d like to consider donating to help them pay for this procedure, you can do so on this page that TJ has set up.
TJ and his family moved to New Jersey earlier this year. We miss you back in Illinois, TJ, and hope you’ll think about returning.
If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you may have noticed that I’ve been thanking people, one by one, who have linked to this blog or otherwise referenced my work. If you’ve done so, please let me know so I can thank you, too.