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20 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2018 Her name is Nonny. She has this name because that is what my oldest boy named her when he first began to talk. All of his brothers followed suit, then the extended family, neigh- borhood, and kids at the school where she worked. Eventually, everyone on social media also called her Nonny. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure that most people even know her real name anymore. I, on the other hand, call her Mom. She isn't actually my birth mother; she is my wife's mother and my mother-in-law. When my mother passed away many years ago, I was looking for someone to fill the position. Times being what they were, Nonny took the job and now I call her Mom. I'm a little surprised that she agreed to the whole "Mom" thing because like a lot of mother's dealing with the boys (I mean, men) who marry their daughters, she was a little wary of me at first. It didn't help matters much when on a trip to Disneyland, I laughed really loudly as one of the ride operators on the Jungle Cruise said, "Tuesdays are mothers-in-law's day, half fare for halfway—no questions asked." The bad thing was later on that same trip I did start to drive off, stranding her while she was still outside of the car. I didn't realize she wasn't in the car and it was an honest mistake on my part, although I'm not sure if she believes me. When it comes to that particular memory, my wife laughs, I cringe, and Mom glares at me. All kidding aside, Mom and I have a great relationship. But something new has hap- pened, and it's pretty serious. A little over a month ago, Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and within a couple of weeks, started full treatment for it. She has moved in with us temporarily so that we can take her to che- motherapy and radiation treatments as well as care for her. In a moment of incredible timing, this Design007 Magazine is highlighting PCB design in medical applications this month. If you are thinking that I might have a few things to say along those lines, you would be right! PCB Designers: What You Do Matters Tim's Takeaways Feature Column by Tim Haag, CONSULTANT

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