Man, Roger Ebert has been through the ringer. Living here in Chicago, as does Roger Ebert, we may hear more about his never ending battles than some other places around the country; I'm not sure. But if ever there was someone that has had to face seemingly never ending health battles, it's Roger Ebert. The thing is, he NEVER gives up fighting, and has kept doing his work even though it is extremely difficult to do so.
He has battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost the ability to speak and eat during previous surgery, which also left him with a facial disfigurement. He has to be fed through a feeding tube and has spent months at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago after previous surgeries but never gave up and always found ways to continue doing what he loves.