A Letter to Keith & His Dying Wife, Mikaela
To Keith and Mikaela,
It seemed just like another Tuesday morning for me when I came across Marina’s Facebook post about your petition. I can’t say I’m the activist type, and I highly doubt I ever will be. But this will be a small exception. Hope it makes a difference… “I married my high school sweetheart after we graduated from college in 2011. Two years later, she was diagnosed with kidney cancer.” Normally, I would have instinctively and absent-mindedly scrolled down the page before getting back to work, but the lead on the link grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. It’s been many years since we all sat around the same table during lunch period at Folsom High. While most of our classmates (myself included, definitely) were running around, trying to nab a date for Prom, you were already planning for Forever After.
I was a bit jealous. Mikaela is very cute. Keith, not so much. Navdeep called you “The Couple,” and that’s something I couldn’t disagree with. After all, keeping a relationship going through four years of high school and beyond takes a little luck, but mainly a lot of maturity and understanding. At graduation and when we lost touch, I had no idea where you would end up in life, but I had a hunch that wherever that might be, you’d end up there together. Last night, I spoke to my grandfather over the phone. He too had been having problems with his health. But I didn’t feel sorry or even especially sad for him. I love him deeply and owe a lot of who I am to the time spent with him as a child, but everyone has their time, and he is fortunately to be able to live it out with his spouse at his bedside. My grandparents are dying old and wrinkly together.
I’d wish to same to any loving couple, and especially to you. I’ve signed your petition with a heavy heart, and hope that other will, too.
Take care and all the best, JH.
Please sign Mikaela’s petition here (granting use of Bristol-Myers Squibb's Anti-PD-1 immunotherapy drug Nivolumab) : https://www.change.org/petitions/bristol-myers-squibb-give-my-wife-a-chance-against-cancer-please-grant-compassionate-use-of-nivolumab-for-mikaela