Pat Summitt

Terry and I were saddened by the passing of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt last week. The Monday newspaper said that she was declining rapidly and family members and former players were arriving to be close to her. On Tuesday the news spread rapidly online of her death that morning.

PatSummittThe two of us loved watching her on television during the women’s NCAA Tournament. She was an intense and energetic coach, beloved by her players. She had the best winning record in all of Division 1 college basketball – men or women.

It was hard for both of us to learn that she retired from her position after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

The morning of her death the doctor guy on the local morning news was talking about how a study said that extensive brain training exercises could help stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s in its early stages. But who used their brain more than Pat? Her career was all about using her brain all the time.

And you know what else? Pat was only a year older than Terry and me. Sobering.

Life is fragile. Embrace it while you can.

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