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Dear Carol: My mother is 94 and has stage seven Alzheimer’s disease. She recognizes no one and for the most part simply dozes. Her doctor has diagnosed her with pneumonia, for the third time in a year. He said antibiotics may bring her out of it, but he seems to feel that the time has come to let her go. She has a health care directive that should make the decision easier for me, but it’s still hard. How do we cope with decisions like this? Hurting

Dear Hurting: Deciding whether or not to try one more treatment option for a person who is dying anyway is a hard decision, no matter what the circumstances. I’m including, below, more information for readers, as your note was long, but very thoughtful. You said: “This won't be the first time

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