I didn’t intend to post anything so soon after the last post, but something came up that has me back here. I said in the last post that I enjoyed looking at Facebook through Karen’s account, and the next morning, somebody memorialized it. As it turns out, anybody can initiate the process. It might just be a coincidence, but the timing certainly made me wonder. I am still devastated, and very angry. There may have been people out there who didn’t want me to see what they were posting, and those people could have contacted me to ask me to take them off, or whatever the term is. I never intended to be creepy about it, and would certainly have removed anybody who asked. As it is now, I’ve lost another connection to Karen. Not only were there family messages in there that were helpful to me, but there were friends of hers who contacted me through Facebook who wouldn’t know any other way to reach us. Also, Timehop, which is one of the things that gets me through the day, would show me pictures that she had posted on Facebook through the years, and now it can’t access it either. This isn’t something that can be undone, apparently, no matter how much you beg. Some might wonder why I don’t just get my own account, but that’s not really the point. I’m asking everybody who ever considered memorializing somebody’s account, PLEASE PLEASE check with their family first. Let them be the ones who make the decision!
I’m Karen. I was originally diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in August 2004 when I was 10 years old. When I was working on my college and scholarship application essays two years ago, I wrote about my journey. Although it was a rough few years, it became such an influential part of my life that I can’t, and wouldn’t want to, imagine my life without having had cancer. I called it the worst best thing that ever happened to me.