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From the Ted Talk by Lucy Kalanithi: What makes life worth living in the face of death

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We lived with Paul's illness for 22 months. He wtore a mmieor about facing mortality. I gave birth to our daughter Cady, and we loved her and each other. We learned directly how to struggle through really tgouh medical decisions. The day we took Paul into the hospital for the last time was the most difficult day of my life. When he turned to me at the end and said, "I'm reday," I knew that wasn't just a bavre decision. It was the right one. Paul didn't want a ventilator and CPR. In that moment, the most itpronmat thing to Paul was to hold our baby daughter. Nine hours later, Paul died.

Open Cloze

We lived with Paul's illness for 22 months. He _____ a ______ about facing mortality. I gave birth to our daughter Cady, and we loved her and each other. We learned directly how to struggle through really _____ medical decisions. The day we took Paul into the hospital for the last time was the most difficult day of my life. When he turned to me at the end and said, "I'm _____," I knew that wasn't just a _____ decision. It was the right one. Paul didn't want a ventilator and CPR. In that moment, the most _________ thing to Paul was to hold our baby daughter. Nine hours later, Paul died.

Solution

  1. wrote
  2. important
  3. brave
  4. ready
  5. memoir
  6. tough

Original Text

We lived with Paul's illness for 22 months. He wrote a memoir about facing mortality. I gave birth to our daughter Cady, and we loved her and each other. We learned directly how to struggle through really tough medical decisions. The day we took Paul into the hospital for the last time was the most difficult day of my life. When he turned to me at the end and said, "I'm ready," I knew that wasn't just a brave decision. It was the right one. Paul didn't want a ventilator and CPR. In that moment, the most important thing to Paul was to hold our baby daughter. Nine hours later, Paul died.

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