The only things that immediately come to mind are the stories that have dominated the news cycle this year regarding race. I have a lot of thoughts and a lot of anger. But I’m not sure if I’m ready to tackle the subject. So since I’m a journalist, I decided that instead I’ll share a story I wrote this year.
One of my colleagues is wrapping up a package on the many battles you face with a cancer diagnosis. He asked me if I’d be willing to tackle a story for his package, and I was. The story I ended up with was actually an article where I got to be a ghost writer and help a young dad share his story. His wife lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia, and the piece is on how they told the kids mom had cancer, and communicated throughout her illness.
This article meant a lot to me, because I was that kid. My mother passed away from cancer when I was 14. I knew exactly what this young dad described to me. I knew it all too well. And while he remained strong on the phone telling me his story in hopes that it would help other parents, I held back tears. This family is a true inspiration to me in the way they’ve handled something so devestating with such strength and bravery.