I Am Not Going to Work Today …

6 Mar

I’m not going to work today.  I don’t work on March 6th.  This is the thirteenth year that I have taken off from work on this day.  This day is the anniversary of my son’s death.

by Tama Lee, retired NMA Director


Twelve years ago on a Saturday night I was lying next to Casey on his bed rubbing his head because he had a bad headache.  He said “Mom, if I feel this bad on Monday, will you stay home with me?”  I told him “Of course.”  But Monday his father and I were walking around a cemetery picking out the plot where he would be buried.  He died from a disease we knew nothing about, meningococcal meningitis, and we didn’t know he could have been protected from this disease by a vaccine.


I’m not going to work today.  I will be at the cemetery visiting Casey’s grave.

3 Responses to “I Am Not Going to Work Today …”

  1. Lynn March 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Sometimes to hard to make it through any day without your child, but the anniversary dates just really drum it into your head that your child is gone, and the years go by too fast.

  2. Ashley March 14, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    I’m so sorry for this terrible loss. The work you do by sharing his story saves lives. I am convinced of it. Thank you…

  3. Brian February 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    I know that time does not make it easier. But I hope you’ve learned to live your life through the eyes of both you and your son. Keep your head up. Stay strong. We love you

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