Stephanie Smith is 60 years old, and she’s not feeling too chipper these days.
The Northwest Roanoke resident has a trifecta of autoimmune diseases. She also has end-stage renal failure, congestive heart failure, lung cancer and she recently lost one eye and has a cataract in the other.
For all of that, she speaks with surprising vigor. Her voice is loud and clear. Her mind seems that way, too. She has old-fashioned manners, and a keen sense of humor.
Somehow, she can still read this humble column. She says if her one good eye ever gets so bad that she can’t, she’ll hire someone to read it to her.
God bless you, Miss Smith.
She called recently to sic me on a story, about the recent disappearance of liver cheese from grocery stores in the Roanoke Valley.
“What on earth is liver cheese?” I asked Smith. I had never heard of the stuff.
“It’s older than dirt,” Smith told me. “It’s been around forever.”
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