Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bad news

This is some bad news.

Pat Summitt has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

But as you might expect,
She sounded like herself in saying: "There’s not going to be any pity party and I’ll make sure of that."

"I feel better just knowing what I’m dealing with," she said. "And as far as I’m concerned it’s not going to keep me from living my life, not going to keep me from coaching."
Hang in there, Pat. We're all behind you.

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At 11:51 AM, August 25, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Dear Ridger,

I realize how heart-breaking this news must be for you, not only as a women's college basketball fan in general but of the Lady Vols in particular. Thank you for the article you linked, plus comments, some of which reduced me to a puddle of sorrow (especially those from fans of rival teams, who nonetheless respect Pat Summitt's contributions to the sport).

By sad coincidence, early-onset dementia has been much in my own thoughts lately, because the past two summers I've been translating a novel by a once-brilliant, lovely, much-beloved professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's several years younger even than Summitt -- and whose condition, mutual friends report, has deteriorated precipitously the past couple years. By the time I began the English translation of her novel, her disease had already advanced far too for her to understand about the project.

Again, my condolences to you, and my kind wishes to Pat and Tyler, and all who love them.


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