I received an email this morning that broke my heart and left me remembering some the most profound lessons of my life as I found out that the woman who perhaps made the biggest impact in my writing career is now suffering from Alzheimer’s.

As I read the words, I felt my heart cry. This woman was one of the brightest women I have ever known. She believed in me. She pushed me. She celebrated with me. And just as I turned to celebrate her and shine the spotlight back where it was due, I find out that she is not enjoying the life that I had so hoped that retirement would bring her.
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