The Boy Who Tried – Valerie Essay 1

Valerie started writing this sometime in August 2021, and finished it the night Eli graduated. Death Sentence         I wish the memories weren’t so vivid. But here we are, with clear names, dates, and events all trapped in my head.         It was Halloween (2018), not when it started, but when the first death sentence came. My …

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First things first, to the death. No. To the pain.

This quote has been running through my mind since Eli had a bad pain episode a week ago starting about 3 am. He had texted me asking for water for his 3 am meds. I had been woken up by our 4 year old climbing into bed with Adam and me about 2:30 am, so …

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Raindrops and Rainbows

View as we drove away from radiation treatment As Eli and I were driving home from the couple of appointments he had today, we were greeted by pouring rain, pounding hail, thundering lightning, glowing sunshine, and a stunning rainbow. As I pondered the visits with doctors and staff, I realized the weather was a perfect …

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