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Last Days, Lasting Love

Today is my mom and dad’s 47th wedding anniversary.    Today is also one of my dad’s last days. In 1967-68 he served a tour of duty as a drafted soldier in Vietnam.    While there he was exposed to Agent Orange.    Almost immediately upon returning home, he began having migraine headaches.    These episodes lasted on and off for three decades.    In 1996 he had a seizure which led to the discovery of a brain tumor.    In 2003 he suffered a debilitating stroke.    In 2012 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.    For the last 21 years, he has gone through a regimen of steadily intensifying neurological treatments.    There is no way to know for sure, but the prevailing thought is that his issues are linked to his exposure to the world’s most notorious herbicide.    Some men die in war.    Others die from war.    Either way, it rings ever true, war is Hell. When a couple is married they make a vow, for better or worse.    As a family, we have seen better days.    We have enjoy