I don't even know what to make of my reaction to this. I was following closely a story of Johnny Bodnar. He was a little two and a half year old boy with Leukemia. I looked at all his pictures, watched video clips, and read up on the boy and his family. He was really a precious little boy. Cute, with an adorable personality. From what I could see, his family loved him dearly.
He had a bone marrow stem cell transplant. After the transplant, he seemed to be doing OK from the updates. Then nothing was posted for a while. I lost track for a little bit. The next time I checked, I found out he died. I'm guessing he got a viral infection during the dangerous time when the immune system is trying to regenerate.
I was crushed! I had really wanted him to get better and expected it. I even had to hide out in the bathroom to cry for a little bit. It's been a week and though I feel better, I still get choked up and feel compelled to look at his pictures. It's almost like I'm afraid I'll forget about him.
I understand being touched by the tragedy of the story and being sad, but is this strong of a reaction normal? I have a son about two years old that I love dearly. Could this be altering my reaction? I seem to be very sensitive to stories involving children.
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