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Sam Cook: Sad news makes love of life more poignant

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The word came down three days before Christmas. It came from the siblings gathered 650 miles away.

It was the call you know can come at any time, and yet you still are never ready for it.

Mom. Cancer.

Yes, theoretically it is possible. None of us is immune to the diagnosis. Young. Old. Male. Female. Anyone. Any time.

But now it's Mom. Eighty-two years old. Working three days a week until last week. Tough, wiry, self-sufficient Mom.

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