I haven't really been able to stop crying this morning. Which makes working through my to-do list a little more difficult, but some days are for grieving.
I did not know this man, but we were connected. Our stories were so similar in so many ways, and the thing that I keep thinking is that he could have easily been me. Without the help of my parents I would have never in a million years been able to afford or get the treatments that he so desperately needed. He had a family, children to care for, and I do not. Why is it that I am still here, and he was taken away? If for no other reason than to make sure I do not waste the life that he was denied, I want to live my life as "loudly", with as much purpose as possible. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers today, and everyday.
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