Heartlander of the Week: Young at Heart

To Hayley Okines, a wonderful young lady who passed away this week of Hutchinson Gilford Progeria Syndrome, a disease that causes premature aging.

Miss Okines was seventeen years old and had the effective age of 104.

Obscure illnesses like Progeria are difficult not only for what they do to the patient, but because others do not understand the disease and its challenges, and little constituency to push for treatments.

A smile on the face and hope for a sunny day.  More than that is a blessing.  🙂

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About missbodie

The Dragon Lady is a life long tea drinker. Her first coffee shops were Big Boy and the Oriental Diner in downtown Milwaukee. She lives in our Nation's Capital with three bicycles and an energetic tabby cat.
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