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It seemed like it would make her die just speaking it So I didnt tell anyone not even my best friends At school I would slip into a fantastical dreamland nobody there knew that I should be troubled pensive I put on my best front and paraded around the school halls with some sort of smile plastered on my face At lunchtime Id stare at my food thinking that my friends should know I thought of a million different ways to tell them Each time that I came close to telling them I would think about their potential reactions There would be the normal lunchtime banter going on complaints about the ranch dressing and I would blurt out Hey guys my mom has breast cancer The whole cafeteria would turn silent and the plastic forks would drop from their hands making a sad little clinking noise Then I would stare at my food mentally kicking myself for having opened my mouth I chose to say nothingI remember very clearly the day that I went to go sit with her while she got her chemotherapy I only did this once because it was too hard for me I walked down an overly-lit sterile hallway trailing behind my dad When we reached her room I wished that I could just keep walking pretend I hadnt seen her I went in and sat down Her shirt was partially unbuttoned so that the IV could be inserted into the porto-cath surgically implanted under her collarbone She was hooked up to three different kinds of poisons and one normal IV There were some knitting things spread across her lap and the ever present bag of lemon drops was faithfully at her side Her head was laid back in the chair she was tired She and my dad tried to involve me in some nice chit-chat I met and shook hands with the doctors and nurses Its nice to meet you
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