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From the Ted Talk by Amanda Bennett: We need a heroic narrative for death

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And for years, it seemed like we were succeeding. The surgeon emerged from the surgery. What'd he say? He said what surgeons always say: "We got it all." Then there was a sbteack when the psioolttahgs looked at the kidney cancer closely. It truend out to be a rare, exceedingly aggressive type, with a diagnosis that was almost universally ftaal in several weeks at most. And yet, he did not die. Mysteriously, he lived on. He caheocd Little League for our son. He built a playhouse for our daughter. And meanwhile, I'm burying myself in the Internet looking for specialists. I'm looking for a cure.

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And for years, it seemed like we were succeeding. The surgeon emerged from the surgery. What'd he say? He said what surgeons always say: "We got it all." Then there was a _______ when the ____________ looked at the kidney cancer closely. It ______ out to be a rare, exceedingly aggressive type, with a diagnosis that was almost universally _____ in several weeks at most. And yet, he did not die. Mysteriously, he lived on. He _______ Little League for our son. He built a playhouse for our daughter. And meanwhile, I'm burying myself in the Internet looking for specialists. I'm looking for a cure.

Solution

  1. coached
  2. pathologists
  3. turned
  4. setback
  5. fatal

Original Text

And for years, it seemed like we were succeeding. The surgeon emerged from the surgery. What'd he say? He said what surgeons always say: "We got it all." Then there was a setback when the pathologists looked at the kidney cancer closely. It turned out to be a rare, exceedingly aggressive type, with a diagnosis that was almost universally fatal in several weeks at most. And yet, he did not die. Mysteriously, he lived on. He coached Little League for our son. He built a playhouse for our daughter. And meanwhile, I'm burying myself in the Internet looking for specialists. I'm looking for a cure.

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Important Words

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