Give me strength

Meggie was a normal 15yr old girl until she found it strange that a bruise she had was taking too long to heal. When her mom took to the dr, they found out it was leukemia.

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1. mystery bruise

I was walking down the road thinking about how much my life has changed in the past few months. Just one year ago, at this time, I would be thinking about stupidity; clothes, boys, school, nothing that really matters. Now, I'm wondering if I'll even live to next year. If I'll have a chance to grow up, get married, & have children. But on May 1 2012 I was diagnosed with leukemia.

It all started very innocently, with me walking to school with my best friend Kate. I got so caught up in our conversation that I wasn't watching where I was going & I tripped on a tree root protruding from the ground. I fell lightly on my knees.

" Are you ok?" Asked Kate.

" fine" I replied dusting myself off. I noticed my knees were bruised. Well, I must of fell harder then I thought.

It's 2 weeks later & I'm very annoyed that I still can't wear shorts. " didn't know bruises can take this long to heal. They usually fade within a day or two" I mused.

"Maggie you're coming? You're going to be late for school if you don't hurry up," Mom called.

"Coming,"I answered.

" Mom, is it normal that a bruise I got 2 weeks ago still looks the same as when I got it?" I asked coming down the stairs." If anything it looks worse & I barely fell on it."

" it's probably nothing but if it makes you feel better I'll take you to get it looked at," said Mom.

"Can you?"

"Fine. I'll make you an appointment for this afternoon."

THAT AFTERNOON.

" Maggie Stevens ?" A nurse asked me. I nodded. " the doctor is ready to see you in exam room 4. Please follow me."

I got up & followed her down the hall. When we got to the room, the doctor was waiting.

"So your bruise won't go away?" He asked a bit bemused.

I felt a bit foolish but I nodded my head.

" well let's take a look. ".

His expression changed when he saw my knee.

" and how long ago did you say you got this?"

"About two weeks ago," I answered starting to get a bit nervous.

" is your mom here?"

" yes," I replied now really about to freak out.

He called my mom in and started talking to her. I didn't understand most of what he was saying to her but the one word I caught that just keeps on replaying in my head was leukemia. Cancer. I have cancer.

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