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Dignity Over the Life Course

She was remarkably overweight; she told me she had high blood pressure; and a clinical mind like mine even then could come to the conclusions. I saw her last year and she said to me, she was smarter than I ever thought she was, she said "You never thought I'd make it, did you?" I said, Make it to what? She said "Well, to 60, never mind 100!" So I said are you going to make it to 100? She said "Maybe." I said, "Oh, I have no doubt, now!"