08/25/2012 08:50 am ET

Romney In Crisis - Two Dark Spots In Fortunate Life

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney was, uncharacteristically, terrified.

It was the fall of 1998, the height of Mr. Romney’s high-flying career as a private equity executive. But his wife, Ann, was not well. She was exhausted, and having difficulty walking; her right foot was dragging. When a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital arrived at a diagnosis — multiple sclerosis — “they just held each other in their arms,” their son Josh said, “and just cried.”

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