Decay

An HIV-positive woman tangles with a life insurance company - because she ended up living too long! She's not the only one to grapple with such unexpected futures or such posthumous living. And she has the right attitude: "It's a great thing," she says, "a great thing." Life is. And maybe those people who recover from what were once diagnosed as fatal illnesses appreciate it all the more. Facing death is life's first and last challenge. Those of us who have looked into the abyss once are in some ways lucky. We see life as it is - perishable, perishing.

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