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From the Ted Talk by Elaine Fong: My mother's final wish -- and the right to die with dignity

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One night, when I was sitting next to my mom, I was caressing her arm, and I noticed that the txetrue of her skin was unusually dry. And the color of her felsh was dull. I had been so fuscoed on executing her end-of-life wishes that I realized, I didn't know what the end of her life felt like. I didn't know what she was going through because I just accepted it. So I aksed her, "What does it feel like?" "What does what feel like?" "Cancer. What does your cancer feel like?" "Fire," she said. "My bones are on fire and everywhere under my skin is burning. And every time I move, it just makes it wsroe. My whole body is on fire." After a moment, she said, "Are you mad at me?" "No. Why would I be mad at you?" "For wnnaitg to move on, for wanting to go to heaven, because it's my time?" I looked her in the eye and I said, "I'm really proud of you. I think you're brave. I think you're a deesginr like me." She perked up. She was like, "Oh, really? You think I'm a designer?" "Yes. You're creating the experience that you want to have. You're designing how you say gboydoe." She took my hand and said, "You understand."

Open Cloze

One night, when I was sitting next to my mom, I was caressing her arm, and I noticed that the _______ of her skin was unusually dry. And the color of her _____ was dull. I had been so _______ on executing her end-of-life wishes that I realized, I didn't know what the end of her life felt like. I didn't know what she was going through because I just accepted it. So I _____ her, "What does it feel like?" "What does what feel like?" "Cancer. What does your cancer feel like?" "Fire," she said. "My bones are on fire and everywhere under my skin is burning. And every time I move, it just makes it _____. My whole body is on fire." After a moment, she said, "Are you mad at me?" "No. Why would I be mad at you?" "For _______ to move on, for wanting to go to heaven, because it's my time?" I looked her in the eye and I said, "I'm really proud of you. I think you're brave. I think you're a ________ like me." She perked up. She was like, "Oh, really? You think I'm a designer?" "Yes. You're creating the experience that you want to have. You're designing how you say _______." She took my hand and said, "You understand."

Solution

  1. flesh
  2. wanting
  3. focused
  4. goodbye
  5. texture
  6. asked
  7. designer
  8. worse

Original Text

One night, when I was sitting next to my mom, I was caressing her arm, and I noticed that the texture of her skin was unusually dry. And the color of her flesh was dull. I had been so focused on executing her end-of-life wishes that I realized, I didn't know what the end of her life felt like. I didn't know what she was going through because I just accepted it. So I asked her, "What does it feel like?" "What does what feel like?" "Cancer. What does your cancer feel like?" "Fire," she said. "My bones are on fire and everywhere under my skin is burning. And every time I move, it just makes it worse. My whole body is on fire." After a moment, she said, "Are you mad at me?" "No. Why would I be mad at you?" "For wanting to move on, for wanting to go to heaven, because it's my time?" I looked her in the eye and I said, "I'm really proud of you. I think you're brave. I think you're a designer like me." She perked up. She was like, "Oh, really? You think I'm a designer?" "Yes. You're creating the experience that you want to have. You're designing how you say goodbye." She took my hand and said, "You understand."

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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