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<p>CNN's Alicia Stewart and her family pose for a photo earlier this year.<br /></p>

CNN's Alicia Stewart and her family pose for a photo earlier this year.

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One day after Thanksgiving last year, my mother, brother, cousin and I gathered in my 87-year-old grandmother's room at the nursing home.