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From the Ted Talk by Charity Tillemann-Dick: Singing after a double lung transplant

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I finally decided it was time to take my doctor's aivcde. It was time for me to go to Cleveland and to start the agonizing wait for a match. But the next mnoring, while I was still in the hpiotsal, I got a telephone call. It was my doctor in Cleveland, Marie Budev. And they had lungs. It was a match. They were from Texas. And everybody was really hppay for me, but me. Because, despite their problems, I had spent my whole life training my lungs, and I was not particularly enthusiastic about giving them up. I flew to Cleveland, and my family rushed there in hopes that they would meet me and say what we knew might be our final goodbye. But organs don't wait, and I went into surgery before I could say goodbye. The last thing I rembeemr was lying on a wtihe blanket, telling my surgeon that I ndeeed to see my mhoter again, and to please try and save my voice. I fell into this apocalyptic dream world.

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I finally decided it was time to take my doctor's ______. It was time for me to go to Cleveland and to start the agonizing wait for a match. But the next _______, while I was still in the ________, I got a telephone call. It was my doctor in Cleveland, Marie Budev. And they had lungs. It was a match. They were from Texas. And everybody was really _____ for me, but me. Because, despite their problems, I had spent my whole life training my lungs, and I was not particularly enthusiastic about giving them up. I flew to Cleveland, and my family rushed there in hopes that they would meet me and say what we knew might be our final goodbye. But organs don't wait, and I went into surgery before I could say goodbye. The last thing I ________ was lying on a _____ blanket, telling my surgeon that I ______ to see my ______ again, and to please try and save my voice. I fell into this apocalyptic dream world.

Solution

  1. needed
  2. morning
  3. white
  4. happy
  5. mother
  6. advice
  7. remember
  8. hospital

Original Text

I finally decided it was time to take my doctor's advice. It was time for me to go to Cleveland and to start the agonizing wait for a match. But the next morning, while I was still in the hospital, I got a telephone call. It was my doctor in Cleveland, Marie Budev. And they had lungs. It was a match. They were from Texas. And everybody was really happy for me, but me. Because, despite their problems, I had spent my whole life training my lungs, and I was not particularly enthusiastic about giving them up. I flew to Cleveland, and my family rushed there in hopes that they would meet me and say what we knew might be our final goodbye. But organs don't wait, and I went into surgery before I could say goodbye. The last thing I remember was lying on a white blanket, telling my surgeon that I needed to see my mother again, and to please try and save my voice. I fell into this apocalyptic dream world.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. advice
  2. agonizing
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  5. budev
  6. call
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  26. marie
  27. match
  28. meet
  29. morning
  30. mother
  31. needed
  32. organs
  33. problems
  34. remember
  35. rushed
  36. save
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  38. start
  39. surgeon
  40. surgery
  41. telephone
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  43. texas
  44. time
  45. training
  46. voice
  47. wait
  48. white
  49. world