Dignified until the end; utterly without self pity. And always kept her sense of humor, as exemplified by a story her dad (my twin brother) told me while visiting Laura on his birthday. I asked what she had planned for him, and he replied that she told him he could do and have whatever he wanted, wisely (and not necessarily sarcastically) adding “within reason.” I got to see Laura shortly before she passed, hooked up to countless wires, tubes, bags and monitors, and I was in utter awe of her bravery and composure. I will always love, miss and respect her.