Quincy Jones may have backtracked on certain inflammatory statements he made in a magazine interview, but he isn't done drawing attention to himself. Jones recently apologized for saying Richard Pryor and Marvin Gaye slept with acting legend Marlon Brando.
But he isn't done talking.
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Yesterday, the sports world was rocked by the heartbreaking news that legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt had been diagnosed with early onset dementia. The winner of eight national NCAA titles with the Tennessee Vols is only 59.
Imagine being 59 and finding out that you will soon wear adult diapers and be unable to care for yourself or maintain control of your most basic bodily functions.
The diagnosis was made after the Hall of Fame coach said she visited with doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after the end of the 2010-11 basketball season.
When Ms. Summitt was given her diagnosis she said she reacted with anger and depression. Then she accepted her diagnosis and eventually shared it with her student athletes. She told them she plans to continue coaching with the aide of her assistant coaches.
"I plan to continue to be your coach," Summitt said. "Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days."
Next to cancer, dementia is the worst type of diagnosis for an energetic woman like Pat Summitt who is so full of life.
Dementia is a gradual loss of cognitive function (altered thought process) which leads to chronic memory loss and disorganized thinking. The onset of the disease usually begins after age 65 and can lead to Alzheimer's disease within 10 years of diagnosis. Dementia is rare under age 65.
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