About a year ago a former student of mine passed away. She’d battled leukemia since the eighth grade. When she died she was a senior in high school. I miss her. Last year the school held several fundraising events and brought quite a bit of attention to her life and her story. This year, as with everything, there’s not as much light on the issue. I understand, we’re human, things fade. They’re making bracelets to honor life and struggle. Just thinking about her again is saddening, and I have to fight back the tears. I just remember feeling like it wasn’t that big of a deal. She’ll fight and she’ll win. She didn’t.
When I was in the seventh grade a classmate of mine died as a result of leukemia as well. I miss them both.