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How Ronald Reagan Dealt With His Alzheimer's Diagnosis

The letter written in the former president’s own hand, was calm and positive despite the grim news: Ronald Reagan, now 83, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. “At the moment I feel just fine,” Reagan wrote last week. “I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done…. Unfortunately, as Alzheimer’s disease progresses,  the family often bears a heavy burden. I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience.” Then he summed up: “I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead. Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.”

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