02/07/2013 11:58 am ET

Sen. Mark Kirk On How His Stroke Made Him A Better Senator -- And A Better Man

Mark Kirk is the junior senator from Illinois.

“Am I going to die today?” I asked Jay as we rode together in an ambulance through the streets of Chicago. Jay Alexander was my doctor but also my friend, and I knew he wouldn’t lie. “Just give me a percentage,” I pleaded.

“There’s a 98 percent chance you’re not going to die today,” he said.

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