I learned about Amanda yesterday. She was Canadian. She was a goth. She has a brother named James. She hadn't talked to her mother for five years. I know a few little scraps about her because she tweeted her life @TrappedAtMyDesk.
Yesterday morning I read this article on The Meta Picture: http://themetapicture.com/the-final-messages-of-a-dying-girl/
Then I went to Twitter and looked up @TrappedAtMyDesk and read her tweets. All 169 of them. Go do that.
Then this morning I went back and found this video on Twitter.
It is one of the most powerful videos I have ever watched.
Finally I found this blog post by the creator of the video on the life we leave behind.
One of her last tweets was:
Don't spend time being angry at people. Forgive them. Life is entirely too short.
She left a legacy.
For the naysayers who said people with cancer shouldn't use social media? You are stupid and narow minded. Look what you could have learned.