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Julie Marconi, Pennsylvania

My mother Peggy Donahay died December 7, 2011, at age 80.  She had heart disease, was a diabetic,  and experienced seven mini-strokes.  We had been taking care of her for the last 4 years.  On November 2011, she had another stroke which affected her walking, talking and swallowing.  They told us there was nothing else they could to do, but two weeks later she was eating, walking and trying to talk.  There was hope!


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