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December 4, 2014 10:38 AM   Subscribe

"Today is the best day I've had, probably, in my entire life."

Lauren Hill, a freshman basketball player at Division III Mount St. Joseph College, has an inoperable brain tumor. Yesterday her family announced that she has entered hospice care. Her courage is awe-inspiring. In the face of this terminal disease she has achieved two goals: to play in a college basketball game and to raise money for cancer research.

Would that we all find the same grace as this young woman has displayed when our time comes.
posted by CincyBlues (9 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I saw a piece about this on CBS Sunday Morning. Not only did they devote a segment to Lauren, they also devoted one to the members of the opposing team, who were initially scheduled to have the home-game advantage on that day but immediately agreed to be the visitor team so as to make it easier on Lauren. They also had footage of the members of the opposing team all cheering their asses off when Lauren scored as well.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:49 AM on December 4, 2014 [4 favorites]

That was from November. The last as of today: Lauren Hill is getting hospice care at home as the inoperable tumor in her brain grows.

posted by blob at 10:49 AM on December 4, 2014

Onions, all the way down.
posted by OHenryPacey at 11:15 AM on December 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

Hospice is palliative, end of life care. Sad but apparently inevitable in this instance...
posted by jim in austin at 11:23 AM on December 4, 2014

Thankfully they've decided on hospice care rather than very expensive torture during her last days.
posted by benzenedream at 11:40 AM on December 4, 2014 [4 favorites]

Aw, man, watch EmpressCallipygos' link if you can. Tears. Tears out the sides of my head.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:00 PM on December 4, 2014

Just when I despair most for my country and my species... I am reminded that the worst of us are not us.
posted by IAmBroom at 1:17 PM on December 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by Renoroc at 5:31 PM on December 4, 2014

I'd said my usual expletives about cancer, but that seems less than appropriate. The CBS link was great for showing that reaction that would have been lost.

And yeah, it made me a little squishy.
posted by drewbage1847 at 8:28 PM on December 4, 2014

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