My mom (94 years old) is my heroine, but not because she's my mom. She's my hero because she has always demonstrated an incredible zest for life, leaping over barriers and seeing them as opportunities. Among the many potholes she circumvented in her life's path, was the fact that she was blinded by macular degeneration at 87 after spending 5 years caring at home for my father who died a year later of Alzheimer's. She took her condition as a challenge and the chance to make a whole new group of friends, learn braille, study poetry, music and opera, continue her political passions, and navigate transportation to take classes at the nearest blind center. Not easy to do at her stage of life with a pacemaker and lingering effects of a stroke, I think she's an extraordinary example to all around her, both young and old, able and not, that learning is life full of joy and discovery.
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