Short lived

Today has been a difficult day in some ways. Attending a memorial service is never a pleasant experience, especially when she was a young, energetic, inspirational teacher.

I first met her several years ago, when she started her career at my Mums school: she was so full of life and so passionate about children developing and growing. I got to know her a little when I wanted to obtain my teaching qualification; finding out about teaching; getting interview tips. Since then, every time I saw her, she would fill the room with her presence and caring nature even after all the things she went through.

Several years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer; carried out treatment; beat her fight even though she looked weak and lost her hair. Last year while on holiday, she collapsed and soon learnt that she had some brain tumours. Through treatment, doctors managed to get rid of one but the other was still there; not growing. Just over a month ago, she had pain so consulted the doctor and found she had more tumours. Soon they realised that she wouldn’t respond to treatment. A couple days later, she died.

From the crowds and the tears sliding down many faces; she was loved and will be truly missed.

It makes me aware of how lucky we are to have life but also how life can run away from us; how life can disappear in a split second; how life can fade from the young; how much we can impact others in our short lives. We need to live one day at a time, inspiring those around us, living to the maximise.

How much can we take this for granted?

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