This Is Not a Post I Want To Write

It is with a heavy heart that I type these words.

One of my students passed away yesterday. She was an amazing young woman with the sweetest smile who wanted nothing more than to have a “normal” high school experience, despite having battled osteosarcoma in her 8th grade year. Becca’s positive energy, enthusiasm and desire to learn brightened our class throughout the time she spent with us in 9th grade.

Bungee Pony

Towards the end of last year, we learned that Becca’s cancer had returned and had spread to her lungs. She entered hospice care early this school year and was unable to attend classes for any of her sophomore year, something which I know she really wanted to do.

I’m feeling a little rough around the edges right now, but I am so glad to have had the chance to get to know Becca and to learn from her. She will be missed greatly around here.

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5 thoughts on “This Is Not a Post I Want To Write

    • By the way, the Center for Grieving Children has been an incredible support to us this past year. http://www.cgcmaine.org/ I know they have resources online and I’m sure they’d be able to put you in touch with a similar organization in your area. Wanted to pass it along in case you are looking for help thinking about how to support the rest of your students.

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