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Young Cancer Patient Tweets Her Journey to the End, and It Will Leave You Speechless (VIDEO)

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January 17, 2014|8:59 am

Amanda Twitter (YouTube Screenshot: Shannon McKarney, @trappedatmydesk/Twitter)

We hear the story way too often: Young person diagnosed with cancer. Young person dies.

When Shannon McKarney learned about the story of Amanda, it was too late. Amanda, a young woman from McKarney's home of Ottawa, Canada, had been diagnosed with brain cancer, and it was over so quickly – a few months – that calling it a battle doesn't ring true. Whatever conflict there was, it was decided long before the diagnosis.

McKarney, a blogger and social media consultant, learned the heartbreaking story from Amanda's Twitter account. She was so affected by following the story – from the common diary of work and trying to find one's place, to the diagnosis and ultimate goodbye – that she compiled a collection of Amanda's tweets into a slideshow video. She explained why on her blog:

"I never met Amanda. I didn't even follow her until it was too late. Which teaches me: Pay more attention.

I debated whether to make this video, and debated more whether to post it. It's not my story to tell, and I don't know if Amanda would have wanted it told this way. But ultimately, I've chosen to publish it as a tribute to her, and a reminder to all of us: sometime, we will leave it behind."

Maybe it's because we know the ending, but you can feel the emotions with her – the dread, confusion and acceptance. And the lack of details seems to give her story to all of us – to not just remember it as something that happened to a young woman in Canada in 2013, but a timeless reminder in 140-character pulses to really live.

Here's Shannon McKarney's video slideshow of Amanda's tweets. (Caution: There's an f-swear at 2:18–2:25.)


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