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Gweneviere Mann talks to her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, about living without a short-term memory. Her condition results from a stroke she suffered during an operation to remove a brain tumor.
Gweneviere Mann (GM): I always have a note card in my pocket that tells me what the date is. And I have to write down when I eat meals because sometimes I might eat lunch three times because I don't remember that I ate already. The doctors say the brain can continue healing up to two years, but whatever is not back by that point is not likely to ever come back.
Yasir Salem (YS): So you had your surgery in November of 2008, right?
GM: Right, and so I'm going to have to live the rest of my life this way. And the thing that scares me the most is, like, the thought that I will wake up one day, and I'll be 80 years old and I won't remember the last 40 years of my life.
YS: Do you remember when you first came out of surgery?
GM: I know that I used to always think that I was in San Francisco.
YS: What are those things called, do you remember?
GM: Yeah, do...
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Every Friday, we hear from StoryCorps -- the project recording the stories and memories of people across the country.
For Gweneviere Mann, remembering isn't easy.
She had brain surgery several years ago to remove a brain tumor.
DURING that surgery, she had a stroke ... and has suffered from short-term memory loss ever since.
Gweneviere sat down with her boyfriend, Yasir Salem <
Gweneviere Mann with her boyfriend, Yasir Salem <
Their conversation will be archived at the Library of Congress.
The couple will be running the New York marathon again this Sunday.
Find out how to track their progress -- at NPR-dot-ORG.
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