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February 27, 2008
Im visiting a friend at the assisted living facility where shes been a resident for three years. Shes been in a wheelchair for five times as long, thanks to multiple sclerosis.

Shes two years older than I am, but the extra weight and fewer teeth could help her pass for a woman old enough to be my mom, not young enough to be my sister.

As she laughs at my stupid stories and reaches with a shaky purplish hand for the water tube attached to a container on the back of her wheelchair, Im again reminded why shes my inspiration.