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Kimberly Severson

Great question, but I think you stole the answer that a lot of us would choose. I would say; wife, mother, emotionally/mentally sharp and to still speak relatively clear. My top secret would be that my taste buds stayed with me. I have learned to eat new healthier foods and I LOVE a good lunch!

I can't wait to hear how Joanne does with watercolor painting. My sister was given that creative gene in our family. I was given the gene of being a nurturer and caring for people. Good luck Joanne!!!

Nan

In the next few days, I will lose my mother to Parkinson's. A few years ago, I knew nothing about this disease. But after watching her struggle, I can't imagine what I would give up - my mobility, my voice. It would be a very tough choice. She lost her balance, ability to drive, write, talk, feed and dress herself. I try to give thanks every day for my many blessings and pray the Lord gives me another day with them. Very good question to ponder.

Christy

Ten things that I love to do or that define me:
1. Bible Study
2. Travel
3. Scuba Diving
4. Photography
5. Sewing
6. Art
7. Reading
8. Communicating with family and friends
9. Learning (curious about new things)
10. Time with my pets

Five things I would give up:
1. Speech (so long as I could write)
2. Hearing (so long as I could see)
3. Photography
4. Sewing
5. Honestly... I would figure out a way to still enjoy aspects of all 10 of my things. I might have to enjoy them differently, but I think I could capture the essence of the joy they bring me.

Kim Feth

I've had a grandmother die from Alzheimers and my Mom died from Parkinson's. I'm not sure which is more difficult - not being able to function physically or not knowing that you can still move physically. I would still want my faith in God, my family, my physical health, my mental health, my mental sharpness.
Great question!
Grace and Peace,
Kim Feth
Apex, NC

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