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I haven’t posted much at all on here yet.. been reading more than anything.. but I had to get this out..
I work with kids, K-6 graders, and have been since 07. Today I went to work and noticed in the computer system that one of “my” kids, was absent again, with a note from her mom that said “medical complications.” I was wondering what was wrong, but didn’t have the chance to run to the office to check. My boss came in, I KNEW something was wrong when he came in. He’s normally Mr. Cheery, but today, not so much. He looked like he was going to cry. He then asks me if I had heard about the student. I said no.. the next sentence, I will not ever forget. “She was diagnosed with Lymphoma today..” My heart sank.. she’s 11 years old, and has been diagnosed.. with cancer.. my bubbly child, whom I’ve worked with for almost 3 years, isn’t only sick like she’s been off n on for the last 6 weeks, but she is REALLY sick..
Her mom came in to talk to me and told me she is being sent to Stanford in San Fransisco, but they don’t know the severity of the cancer as of right now, but she would let me know when she knew…
I’m in shock, and extremely saddened.. I have 97 other kids in the program I run, that all had questions today when I asked them to make her a “Get Well” card, but was told, I can’t tell them the exact reason of WHY she is sick..
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@HeatherE209: OMG I am soo sorry that is just heartbreaking… I hope this little girl gets better soon…
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@MsPanda: Thank you. I’m hoping that, this, like all the other things that have said recently it was, is a misdiagnosis.. They’ve misdiagnosed 3 different things with her in the last month n a half, til they came to this conclusion..
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@HeatherE209: I am so so sorry. Please take some comfort that Sanford is one of the best in the nation. I’m sure your having the other children make her a card will brighten her day. Cancer is not a death sentence.
Post # 6
I also work in the field with children and youth and I can imagine how hard this is for you. I know it is a lot easier said then done but try your best to be as strong as possible for the other children in your program. I know you are hurting but by having the strength to be the support for the other children, the ill students mother, and also other staff members if a very important job. If these feelings are so overwhelming I know in my (work situations similar) we have had consellors come into the school/group home to talk with the students, support the facilty ect… I wish you all the best and my thoughts are with you.
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@HeatherE209: I’m so sorry! I’ll be praying for your bubbly little girl! I have to say though that living near Stanford, that they are amazing and she will be in very good hands. I hope that she gets better soon. 🙁
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@valeenh: I’m trying to stay as strong as I can, and not be the one to break the news to the children, of what’s wrong. The school asked me to not say anything, until we know for sure what is wrong, and when her mother is OK with the children knowing. When she came in today, some of her daugther’s friends saw her and asked her about her daughter, and all she told them is, she won’t be back to school for quite a while, so I don’t think she’s ready for everyone to really know yet. Once they start coming in, knowing what’s going on, I know some of them won’t take it well, so I’m going to have to talk more with the school about what we can do. I’ve lost two people this year that I knew, to cancer, so the whole subject is super hard :-/
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@HeatherE209: Im so sorry for you. I will pray for her health
Post # 10
I’m so sorry. 🙁 I can’t imagine how you’re feeling. That’s terrible that you can’t tell the kids yet. <3
Post # 11
I’m so sorry to hear and I hope that everything turns out ok. To help you, a friend of mine was just diagnosed with Non-Hodgekins Lymphoma at 31. Certainly not 11, but definitely a rare form of Lymphoma. She’s been responding remarkably well to treatment and is living her day to day life very well. She’s currently in remission and her outlook is very positive. I hope the same goes for your student. I’m sure any type of support you can give to her parents during this time is appreciated.
Post # 12
I am so sorry! I received some sad news about a student last week. It’s hard when you know your students are going through pain :-(. That was really sweet, having the kids make cards. I know it’s hard to not be able to give out all the information. I am praying for your student.