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  • Over a decade ago, my grandmother had a severe stroke. She lived in Florida, and the grim news quickly reached my mother's reluctant ears in Arkansas. I was six at the time, and beyond clueless.

    "Mom? Why are you crying?" I asked.
    "I am scared. Say a prayer for Nonnie, she is not doing well. I love you."

    My mom took the next flight to Florida, fearing she would never again talk to her mother. When my mom arrived at the hospital, my grandmother was stretcher-ridden and connected to countless machines. The left side of her body was completely paralyzed, and the news was only getting worse.

    "Mrs. Miller, I regret to inform you that you will never be able to walk again," said the doctor.
    My grandmother, a bit loopy from the medicine, looked straight at the doctor and sweetly replied, "I will dance with my husband again."

    My grandmother made a partial recovery, but her life was forever changed. She worked tirelessly during her rehabilitation sessions, never giving up. She proved the doctors wrong over the years by learning to walk with a cane. She danced with my grandfather at their fiftieth anniversary. They smiled and danced and danced and smiled, just as in love as they'd been fifty years ago.

    "I will dance with my husband again."

    And she did.
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