It had been a year since she had seen her camp buddy Sara but they still felt very connected. Unfortunately because of school she didn't have the chance to volunteer at the camp where they first met. Sara had been a dedicated camp member for the past four years the same amount of time that she had been cancer free. Since she was only 13 it felt like this disease took up most of her life. Sara stayed positive and looked forward to going to camp every summer.
Keeping in contact was hard when you are trying to get your degree, work a full time job and volunteer but the two were very dedicated about reaching out to one another. It broke her heart to have to miss a year but summer is only half a year away now. It would not be long until they are back in their normal routine of crafts and hikes.
One night she got an email from Sara's mother. They were in the hospital because Sara needed a have a blood clot removed. Skimming the beginning of the email she determined it wasn't too serious but she decided to call her roommate. They both volunteered together and Sara meant a great deal to both of them. While she was on the phone she reassured her friend that everything was OK she just wanted her to be informed. She made jokes and laughed when finally she said, "OK but seriously let me read this so you know what's going on with Sara."
"Hello, I just wanted to let you know that we have been in the hospital the past week with Sara. Our little girl fought off cancer for four years but due to the wear and tear ended up forming a blood clot. We were reassured that it wasn't cancerous and that the surgery was fairly routine. Sara has been through so much that she was barely phased by the news. You know how she was always able to stay positive. Unfortunately Sara unexpectedly passed after her surgery. We are still unsure what happened but I wanted to let you know that she is no longer with us..."
Wait, what just happened?
"I'm so sorry Elizabeth I should have finished reading the email before I called you. I had no idea how it was going to end! I just wanted to let you know that she was in the hospital not that she had. I didn't know she had. I'm so sorry."
A life that had barely started was over and she was still struggling to comprehend what she had just read. Only regret fills her mind, she knows that her volunteering wouldn't have saved Sara, but she believes it would have made the loss hurt less. She can never get back the summer that she missed or the friend that she lost.