The Washington Post:
The 80th birthday party for Josephine van Es marked two milestones, only one of which was apparent at the time.
Held in November 2004 at her daughter’s house in Rehoboth Beach, Del., the event was a celebration of her longevity, good health and loving family. It also marked one of the last times van Es can remember feeling well and not beset by the pain that developed soon afterward and has left the inside of her mouth feeling perpetually scalded and with a constant metallic taste.
“It’s awful,” said van Es, 87, who says the burning is worse than the taste, which she likens to “sucking on a penny.”
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