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From the Ted Talk by Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what

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And as she told me all of these things, I felt the very ceentr of my being pouring out onto the floor. And I thought, "Here I had been working for years on a book about how much meaning people had found in the exenecrpie of parenting children who were disabled, and I didn't want to join their nmuebr because what I was encountering was an idea of illness." And like all parents since the dawn of time, I wtnead to pectrot my child from illness. And I wanted, also, to protect myself from inlesls. And yet, I knew from the work I had done that if he had any of the things we were about to start testing for, that those would ultimately be his identity, and if they were his identity, they would become my identity, that that illness was going to take a very different shape as it unfolded.

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And as she told me all of these things, I felt the very ______ of my being pouring out onto the floor. And I thought, "Here I had been working for years on a book about how much meaning people had found in the __________ of parenting children who were disabled, and I didn't want to join their ______ because what I was encountering was an idea of illness." And like all parents since the dawn of time, I ______ to _______ my child from illness. And I wanted, also, to protect myself from _______. And yet, I knew from the work I had done that if he had any of the things we were about to start testing for, that those would ultimately be his identity, and if they were his identity, they would become my identity, that that illness was going to take a very different shape as it unfolded.

Solution

  1. number
  2. protect
  3. center
  4. experience
  5. wanted
  6. illness

Original Text

And as she told me all of these things, I felt the very center of my being pouring out onto the floor. And I thought, "Here I had been working for years on a book about how much meaning people had found in the experience of parenting children who were disabled, and I didn't want to join their number because what I was encountering was an idea of illness." And like all parents since the dawn of time, I wanted to protect my child from illness. And I wanted, also, to protect myself from illness. And yet, I knew from the work I had done that if he had any of the things we were about to start testing for, that those would ultimately be his identity, and if they were his identity, they would become my identity, that that illness was going to take a very different shape as it unfolded.

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Important Words

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