Who Can You Bear To Lose?

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I’m a good person (but this is a lie I’ve told before.)

I’m an angry, vindictive, and wrathful person. At least, sometimes. I’m astounded by the breathtaking hubris of people who refuse to protect the vulnerable — my children, your children, their own damn children.

I want you to wear a mask.

I want you to get vaccinated. I want you to be safe? But this is another lie I’ve told before. I want other people to be safe, people like my daughter. If you are unmasked and unvaccinated, I want you to go straight to hell. This is the truth.

Big numbers are hard to grasp.

So are small ones. Each year, roughly 16,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer and 1,800 die. That sounds like a relatively small number until you find yourself picking out the dress your child will be cremated in.

There are no do overs.

Death is forever. If you lose your person you will not get them back. “My person” is a term we use often in the forever-grieving community. It refers to losing someone so integral to our existence that life, as we once knew it, is over. I lost my person from cancer.

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Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. I love birds, mushrooms, trees, my amazing kid, & a very tiny poodle. Featured in Human Parts, GEN, Marker & OneZero.

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Jacqueline Dooley

Jacqueline Dooley

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. I love birds, mushrooms, trees, my amazing kid, & a very tiny poodle. Featured in Human Parts, GEN, Marker & OneZero.