Just in the past two weeks, we learned that there’s little that can be done, and it’s just a matter of time until we lose this family member.
Having gone through my own battle with cancer recently, it hit even closer to home when we learned about our family member’s sudden diagnosis.
It’s never easy to lose someone you love, and I think knowing that you will lose them soon makes it a little tougher to deal with.
I think our faith is helping us deal with this situation, but it’s still tough knowing that we have such limited time left.
I was fortunate in that my cancer was caught early, and surgery was an option that helped me once again be healthy.
That’s not the case with my father-in-law. His diagnosis was sudden and unexpected and like a punch to the gut when we heard it.
We’re dealing with this the best way we can, but still I ask for your prayers.
I had the opportunity Thursday to spend a couple of hours with Dr. Tommy Bice, the superintendent of education for all Alabama schools, when he visited two schools in Jasper.
I was impressed right away with how he interacted with the kids and teachers at T.R. Simmons Elementary School, even going so far as to sit in the floor with the little ones in the pre-K program and later sitting in the floor with fifth-graders working on a project. He got down on their level, and he made them feel comfortable and important — and he showed them that he really cares about them and how they’re doing in school.
I truly believe he does care about our kids and the education they receive. I, for one, was really impressed.
Great job, Dr. Bice.
Ron Harris is the managing editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at (205) 221-2840 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.