Some Hard News To Swallow... - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Some Hard News To Swallow...

I had every intention of linking up with Holly today, but it doesn't feel right at the moment. (Sorry Holly!!)

I received some hard-to-handle news today, and just felt like sharing it instead. I have said before, teachers are such supportive, wonderful people, but teacher bloggers are the BEST. I know that our community will be supportive and send thoughts and prayers steadily for another fellow teacher...

A fellow teacher friend of mine, who I have been fortunate to call a friend now for almost 6 years, has cancer. It started as a rare, aggressive form of lung cancer, which then moved to her brain in March. A couple of weeks ago, she got an infection, which wasn't good... and she has now been put in hospice. :( 

She has been through SO much over the last few years, and in spite of it all, is the most POSITIVE person I know. I first met her at my old school. I came to know her as a child advocate, and she was my go-to for any child that I was trying to get services for, or just get help with in the classroom. (She is a special education teacher.) Then she left my old school, but thanks to Facebook and Words With Friends, we never lost touch. She ended up at my current school, and she was the reason that I took the job at my current school. There have been some definite trying times this school year, but through it all, she stays positive and encouraging and inspirational to everyone around her. Through ALL that she has been dealing with, I have never once heard her complain. 

I am so lucky to call her my friend. She calls me her Doppleganger. :) Although 20ish years separate us in age, we are like two peas in a pod sometimes. 

Thank you for letting me share this with you. If you are so inclined, please send thoughts and prayers to this wonderful woman and her family. It is all she has ever asked from us... 


  1. Definitely sending up some prayers for all involved. ((hugs))

  2. Praying for her and her family during such a difficult time.

  3. Oh gosh I am so sorry. Our librarian passed away last August was horrible for us, but she sounds like your teacher friend. Always positive and smiling! I am sending prayers up now!

  4. Definitely thinking of and praying for her (and you!)


  5. I will keep her (and her family and friends) in my prayers. It sounds as though she is one of God's angels on Earth. May he keep her in his arms during her final journey. May her journey to her final home and resting place be as painless as possible, for we know the amazing place that she will soon be and know that her angelic work will continue from up above. "What we do in life echoes in eternity" -Author Unknown
    More Than Math by Mo

  6. I feel very sad for you after reading your post. Your friend sounds amazing, what an inspiration she is to those around her, that she remains positive and a light for others is amazing. Sending lots of prayers up for her, her family and you. Also sending you virtual hugs.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  7. Many, many prayers being sent to Ga tonight!


  8. Prayers to your friend, you, and her family. Our family is going through the same thing right now with my grandma.

    Love and Hugs

  9. Thank you all so much!!! I really debated on writing this post because I really wasn't looking for sympathy for ME (although I am sad), but for prayers for her... but I just know that putting it out there in a forum like a blog would get her prayers from across the country, so I didn't want to pass it up. I went to see her tonight and it was so good to hug her and laugh with her- she was doing ok tonight. Thank you again for the support and most importantly, prayers, peace, and strength for her and her family!

  10. My thoughts are with you and your friend...that's awful!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  11. Praying for your and your friend in this tough time!

    Rosie's Rambles

  12. So sorry to hear about your friend! Sending thoughts and prayers her way. She sounds like a very special lady. Thinking of you.

  13. I'm so sorry about your friend. She will be in my thoughts.


  14. I'm so sorry. You and your friend will be in my prayers.

  15. How blessed you are to have a positive force in your life! You will always carry her memories with you. Sending prayers and hugs! Would it help her spirits if we (blogging community) sent her cards of encouragement? [You know you always see those requests on FB for kids. Why not for a fellow teacher?] What do you think? Just a thought!


  16. So sorry you're hurting right now. Prayers not only for your friend but for those who love her as well. You're in my thoughts!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  17. Such hard news to hear-she's lucky to have a friend like you in her life and she obviously has inspired you as well. I'm thinking of your friend and her loved ones and sending prayers her way. I like Kristin's idea and I would love to be a part of spreading such love!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  18. Sending prayers and good thoughts to you and your friend!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  19. Praying for you and your friend. She sounds wonderful and reminds me of my mentor. It's great to have such supportive, positive people around in the busy world of teaching. I trust that God will bring peace and comfort in this hard time.

    Compassionate Teacher

  20. My thoughts and prayers are with your friend, her family & her friends.

  21. Another prayer for your friend and her family going up from my house tonight. Hang in there!

  22. I'm so sorry to hear this. Will be praying for her and her family.

  23. Prayers on the way. I am sorry to hear this sad news.

  24. So sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Sending big hugs your way! My thoughts go out to her and her family!xoxo
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  25. Oh, Jivey! I am so sad to read this news:( It just breaks my heart. I know what you mean by age separating two coworkers but being two peas in a pod anyway. Age doesn't matter for kindred spirits. I like Kristin's idea above too. As a teacher, it is always nice to know other teachers are praying for us and sending love.
    Big Hugs,
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  26. Aww. I will definitely send my prayers her way. What a great example and friend. I hope for the best.
    Kids Math Teacher

  27. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Sending many prayers to her, her family, and those who love her during this difficult time <3

    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  28. I'm so sorry...sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your precious friend.

    Third Grade All Stars

  29. I am so sorry to hear about your close friend and teaching teammate. She is an example to us all through her positivity and good spirits through a very difficult time. I will be thinking of her and her family and sending many prayers her way. Once again I am so sorry to hear she is going through such a difficult time.

    Learning to the Core

  30. Praying for your friend and her family!

  31. I have a lump in my throat! Cancer is devastating in so many ways. You are blessed to be friends with this teacher and you will be with her to the end. She will remain in your heart always. My prayers with you and your friend and her family during this time which is testing everyone.

  32. I'm so sorry to hear what your friend is going through. My thoughts are with you all.

    Literacy Spark


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