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From the Ted Talk by Chris Nowinski: Can I have your brain? The quest for truth on concussions and CTE

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And he said, "Yes, I do." I said, "OK, are you going to study him for CTE?" And he said no, in fact at that time he didn't believe that was a real diasese. I said, "OK, if you're not, do you mind if I have it?" And he said, "Well, ynuog man, I can't give you the biarn. You need his family's permission. But if you do get the permission of his next of kin, I will release the brain to you." And I said, "Great!" And then I realized I had to figure out who his next of kin was and ask them, and it turned out it was Andre Waters's 88-year-old moethr. And I sat there, and I took a bearth and I thought, "Am I really going to cold-call an 88-year-old grieving mother who just lost her son to scdiiue?" And almost everything in me said, "Don't do it. It's too much to put this poor woman through, she's been through so much already." But then this other voice in my head said, "You know what? If guys are killing themselves from this disease and we could stduy it to maybe prevent this from happening in the future, sometimes you've just got to suck it up and do something that's very hard."

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And he said, "Yes, I do." I said, "OK, are you going to study him for CTE?" And he said no, in fact at that time he didn't believe that was a real _______. I said, "OK, if you're not, do you mind if I have it?" And he said, "Well, _____ man, I can't give you the _____. You need his family's permission. But if you do get the permission of his next of kin, I will release the brain to you." And I said, "Great!" And then I realized I had to figure out who his next of kin was and ask them, and it turned out it was Andre Waters's 88-year-old ______. And I sat there, and I took a ______ and I thought, "Am I really going to cold-call an 88-year-old grieving mother who just lost her son to _______?" And almost everything in me said, "Don't do it. It's too much to put this poor woman through, she's been through so much already." But then this other voice in my head said, "You know what? If guys are killing themselves from this disease and we could _____ it to maybe prevent this from happening in the future, sometimes you've just got to suck it up and do something that's very hard."

Solution

  1. brain
  2. study
  3. suicide
  4. breath
  5. young
  6. mother
  7. disease

Original Text

And he said, "Yes, I do." I said, "OK, are you going to study him for CTE?" And he said no, in fact at that time he didn't believe that was a real disease. I said, "OK, if you're not, do you mind if I have it?" And he said, "Well, young man, I can't give you the brain. You need his family's permission. But if you do get the permission of his next of kin, I will release the brain to you." And I said, "Great!" And then I realized I had to figure out who his next of kin was and ask them, and it turned out it was Andre Waters's 88-year-old mother. And I sat there, and I took a breath and I thought, "Am I really going to cold-call an 88-year-old grieving mother who just lost her son to suicide?" And almost everything in me said, "Don't do it. It's too much to put this poor woman through, she's been through so much already." But then this other voice in my head said, "You know what? If guys are killing themselves from this disease and we could study it to maybe prevent this from happening in the future, sometimes you've just got to suck it up and do something that's very hard."

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