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Basketball legend Pat Summitt diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease

A combination of intelligence, drive, competitiveness and leadership, all in a homespun Southern voice that took women’s basketball (and women’s sports in general) from forgotten to the forefront.

These words, written by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, beautifully describe Tennessee Lady Vols’ basketball coach, Pat Summitt, who–at age 59–has been diagnosed with early on-set dementia. Summitt had experienced months of what she labeled “erratic behavior” before she scheduled an examination at the Mayo Clinic last May. Her diagnosis was early on-set dementia. This type of diagnosis is life changing at any age, but at age 59, the effect is even more unnerving.

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