Well the week-end is here again. This week-end has such a cloud hanging over it. Things were not good at school yesterday. Some of you will remember the friend I spoke of months ago that was diagnosed with cancer. Well, yesterday morning God decided to take her to live with him....which left the rest of us in a quiet, somber, sad and grief struck mood. We did have visits from many that had worked with her over the years. Corinne was only 55 yrs. old and was diagnosed just last Feb. Things were looking up with the help of strong "Chemo" but that was short lived. The second body scan said the cancer was aggressively growing back to it's original size. Our little prayer group had just decided Thursday morning that maybe our prayers for a miracle had really been answered but we were not hearing the answer! Corinne had suffered several stroked in the last three weeks which had left her confused and PAIN FREE! She didn't remember that she had cancer. That was the miracle that we had been praying for but had failed to recognize. Corinne was a fun loving, silly girl with quite a sense of humor. She kept many of us in stitches with her funny renditions of the world through her eyes. She will be missed by staff and kids as well. She was a very popular 2nd grade teacher with students and parents alike!
Now to add to the deflated mood of our building......one of our 2nd graders is also suffering from cancer. He was diagnosed in Sept. last school year. He has been through so much and has remained so happy and courageous! He comes to school any day he can and is slowly disappearing before our very eyes. Caleb had a body scan two weeks ago and more cancer was detected in his lungs......a place that had been free of cancer in the past scans...... Well, his "Make a Wish" trip was fast forwarded to last week when his family went to Hawaii! We were all praying for some wonderful memory making trip for all the them.....they have been drug through the trenches this past year. While on the trip, Caleb starting having a hard time breathing and has been put on oxygen. His little body is giving up the fight and we are all weeping inside! To see his little thin, gaunt, bald head smiling at you from the lunch line has been a hard pill to swallow these past months. We were informed Friday, after the news of Corinne was made public, that Caleb would not be back....that his family has decided to start the "Hospice Program". I fear that another little angel will be getting his wings in the coming days. Oh, how sad this all is......it is really hard to put into words the tears of the heart! If you pray, would you include a prayer for these two families that are going through such struggles? This could be you or me.......count your blessings and don't take one day for granted! Each is a gift from above!