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Ex-governor won’t take bone disease lying down

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Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards said she's made some sweeping lifestyle changes since being diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Richards, whose mother also suffered osteoporosis, said she's taking on the incurable bone-weakening disease with a vengeance.

"I did not want my children to remember my last years the way I remember Mama's," the 68-year-old told People magazine. "I've never been a hand-wringer. My attitude is that if there's something wrong, make it right."

Richards says she's taking medication, walking three times a week and going to the gym twice a week.

"I don't trust myself to follow through on my own, so I always hire a trainer," Richards said.