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Out of the Darkness, And Into the Light: Beloved Director Breaks Silence on Health Struggles

It was three days after the final performance of his March 2018 production, “Beauty and the Beast,” at Southampton Cultural Center that Michael Disher first met with a neurologist about the loss of sensation in his left arm. The director had assumed it was a pinched ulnar nerve, and would ultimately correct itself.

He never imagined it would be a malignant brain tumor the size of a baseball.

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B. Smith, Dan Gasby Pen Honest, Revealing Account Of Their Struggle With Alzheimer’s

In 2013, B. Smith was diagnosed at age 64 with Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out simple tasks. Of the 5.2 million people living with Alzheimer’s today, two out of three are women, and African-Americans are twice as likely to suffer from the disease.

Ms. Smith and her husband, Dan Gasby, spoke candidly about how they would proceed, and one decision was certain: it would be in the public eye, as her life had been thus far. She would be a spokesperson for all Americans struggling with Alzheimer’s, but especially for black women.

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