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  •  In her last years, my mother (5+ / 0-)

    had some form of cognitive difficulty.  She hid it well, and it was never diagnosed, but anyone who spent enough time with her would have recognized that not all the gears had all their teeth.  After she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her cognitive abilities deteriorated rapidly and dramatically.  Most of her last week she was silent.  But to her last minute, she was still clearly herself.  That was a valuable lesson:  to know that even when you've lost just about everything, you are still yourself.  Unfortunately, those who make their acquaintance after loss has already started may not recognize the distinct personality beneath the fog.

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Mon May 27, 2013 at 04:59:55 AM PDT

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