"Dana came into the room, she knelt down next to me and we made eye contact. I mouthed my first lucid words to her. “Maybe we should let me go.” She said, “I’m only going to say this once. I will support whatever you want to do because this is your life. And your decision. But I want you to know that I'll be with you for the long haul, no matter what.” Then she added the words that saved my life: 'you're still you. And I love you."