My Best Friend

by Brittney

Alli and I on the last day of 8th grade!!

Alli and I on the last day of 8th grade!!

Allison Noel Lardin
January 18, 1990-September 11, 2009

I had known Allison since i was in 1st grade. We grew up together. I had always been friends with her. It was in 8th grade that she and I became even closer. It was june 2003, before our 8th grade year. Allison was playing soccer. She was having some sinus issues. She got hit in the head with a soccer ball. When she went to see her dr. they told her that she just had a headache from her sinus infection.

This headache continued for 3 weeks. She went back to the doctor and they referred her to another doctor. They found out that she had a cancerous brain tumor!! She was 13 at the time. During our 8th grade year allison had to miss school to go get treatments. She went to duke university every 8 weeks to get the treatments she needed. Even though she missed a lot of school she still got all of her homework done and got all of her tests done in time.

When allison was first diagnosed with brain cancer they gave her 6 months to live. She beat those odds and fought hard for 15 months!! As our 8th grade year got going allison started going down hill. She began to lose control over the left side of her body. It made it hard for her to walk and carry things. I was her aide the entire 8th grade year. I wouldn't change anything that happened for the world. We became so close that last year of her life. We talked about everything!! Allison's condition deteriorated so much that she could not even go to school our freshmen year of high school.

Her not being able to start high school with us was really hard. We still kept in touch even after school started. She was just too weak to be able to attend school anymore. We got the devastating news of her death on september 11, 2004. She was fourteen years old. It was so hard on me and everyone who was friends with her to lose someone like her. She was so nice, kind, brave, etc. She never let her disease get her down!!

It still hurts me to this day that she is no longer here. I often wonder what things would be like if she would still be here!! Not a day goes by that I do not think of her!! She will live on with me forever!!

People say that things will get easier. I do not know if i necessarily agree with that.

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Sep 02, 2014
by: Patty

Your dear friend's name was listed in anniversaries of September deaths in our The Compassionate Friends September newsletter. I appreciate what you wrote. You were obviously a good friend to Allison. What a nice post to show she will not be forgotten.

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