Betty, 88

What’s it like to be 88: “It’s wonderful. I love to be 88. I’m really blessed to be 88. I still have a home here and I have my two adult, handicapped children who live with me. One is 58 and one is 54. They have an incurable disease that is genetic, and they are wonderful. They are just wonderful. My husband and I brought them up just like any other children.”

What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? “The one thing that made me feel so bad was when my son was diagnosed with his disease. We knew it was something but we never thought it was that bad. My son’s regular doctor (who did not diagnose my son) said, ‘that other doctor was very hard on you.’ And I said, ‘I don’t care what he told me, I’m going to leave it in that man’s hands up there.’ And you know what he said to me? ‘I’d never take that away from you.’ He said, ‘your children could live to be old.’”

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