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Brookline cardiologist writes about battle with dementia

Dr. Tom Graboys wakes up every morning unable to move. He fumbles clumsily with his money in line at the grocery store and struggles to understand the operation on an ATM machine.

A little more than a decade ago, Graboys was at the top of his field, a nationally known heart doctor who taught at Harvard Medical School and still was able to take on more patients than most of his colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. When the Celtics assembled a “Cardiology Dream Team” to evaluate a star player who had collapsed on the court, Grayboys was on it.

But for the last eight or so years, Graboys has fought to keep his mind intact under the onslaught of Parkinson’s disease and a crippling form of dementia. Today, he struggles to complete a thought, let alone diagnose a heart condition.

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