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When I started middle school in 2002, I only had a handful of friends. I was very shy and I mostly kept to myself. I went to my classes and went home and didn't interact with anybody very much. When second semester hit, our classes shifted and I got stuck in gym class ( ). I was prepared for the worst. When class started, it went along as I figured (I'm not much of an athlete). One day, though, a ray of sunshine came down and this cute girl in my class came over and sat next to me and started talking to me because she noticed I had no friends in the class. She made the class tolerable and over the years we grew to be best friends. You couldn't separate us. Eventually, one thing led to another and we found ourselves in love with each other. I was crazy about this girl.

On February 13th, 2007 I had just come home from my guitar lesson and I got a phone call. It was a conference call with 2 of my best friends, and I immediately knew something was up. My friend said, "Stuart, I'm so sorry, man. Noelle is dead. She was just killed in a car crash." I felt a twisting knot in my chest like I'd never felt before. At first I wanted to believe my friends were playing a cruel joke on me, but it was true. She was killed in the passenger's seat of her friend's car as they made a left turn at a green light and got T-boned by an oncoming car. It was such a stupid, pointless, avoidable death and it made me so angry. I was depressed for months and I didn't care about anything. Not school, not friends, not anything. I was devastated because the last time I ever saw her I said 'see you tomorrow' as she walked down the hallway to her next class.

Here I am 5 years later and I still find myself thinking about her and missing her. But the old saying 'time heals all wounds' is very true. It has gotten better, and I've let the anger go. The point I want to make is that life is fleeting and unpredictable. People you care for can be gone in an instant. Never forget to remind the people you care about how much they mean to you.

Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this.
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Just kidding, good story, man.
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That's a big outpouring of thoughts and feelings, and I'm glad that you shared that with us. It really does put things in perspective and is definitely one of those things that a lot of people could relate to in someway.

I know it can't be easy remembering the terrible things you felt, and I just want to say thanks again for sharing.

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Seriously though, good story. THanks for sharing.

THat must have been terrible. I can't even imagine.

Edit: I removed the nod because I posted it before I read the OP. I shouldn't have posted it.

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p.s this was not supposed to be a cheap shot at you.

Stay strong bro.
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I've always wondered how I would respond to the death of an immediate family member or my girlfriend. I can't imagine it would be terribly unlike your reaction. I consider myself an incredibly level-headed person, but I can't help but think that it'd hit me pretty.

Kudos to your for pulling through the untimely death of a very very close person, and coming out stronger for it.
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but yes, thank you for sharing that story and the message behind it..

thanks even more to JohnnyGenzale
I think about the transient nature of life all the time. I've thought about how I would react if I received a similar phone call about one of my close family members or friends. I can't imagine what it would be like to actually experience it at such a young age.
The part of your story when she died actually made me sad while reading this.
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thanks for sharing. i too lost one of my only friends from highschool in a car crash. she was hit by an 80 something year old driving on the wrong side of the road.
this thread is full of .... I'm sorry to hear that man. I've lost people too, and like you said, it does get better.
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That's deep man. I'm sorry that happened.
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Sorry you had to go through that man, I'm glad you're feeling better over time but still remembering her. Stay strong broski.
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Pretty tragic mate. I've been through some painful times but none of them involving the death of a loved one.
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That is terrible man. It's great to see you've pulled through, and I'm very sorry to hear something as tragic as that happened to anyone.
Sorry to hear that, man hope you're feeling better by the day.
I feel ya bro. On October 22nd 2011 I lost four friends to a drunk driver
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I know how you feel man. 2 years ago I met a girl. The first conversation I had was me talking her out of suicide. It's not the first I been involved in a situation like that but first time I panicked. I managed to talk her out of it. The next day, I talked to her to see how she was doing. I was surprised. Me and her had a conversation like we knew each other for years. And that's how it was. We opened ourselves up to each other in ways we never knew. We were also inseparable. Even her closest friends that knew her for years, whenever they would see a sad FB status or whatever, they would ask me if she was alright and by then, no matter what, I had already fixed the problem and made her feel better. She was always there for me as well. I never cared for someone as much as I did for her and she for me.

But things changed. Long story short, what ended up was that her parents, the ones that mentally and emotionally abused her to the point of suicide made her stop having anything to do with me and punished her for our friendship. They said I was a bad influence and only wanted sex from her. She knew they were wrong but she had to make her parents proud. I have no contact with her whatsoever nowadays. It's been a year and a half since we have stopped talking. I'm still struggling with the anger.
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I'm seriously glad you shared that. I think we all need a reminder every once in a while of the preciousness of every moment lived and every person met. Sounds cheesy as ****, but it's true. So now i'm going to probably try and stop being condescending to this girl who I like that doesn't like me, and try to like this girl who likes me but who I don't like, and try to be more open and talkative with my family. Thanks dude.

EDIT: And that paragraph makes me feel selfish. I'm sorry for your loss. That sounds rough, but i'm glad to hear that it's getting better for you with time, and can only hope that it stays that path.
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I'm glad you've been able to carry on after such a huge loss. And, I mean this sincerely, thanks for sharing your story.

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Sorry to hear that man, good to see things are getting better
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That was not what I expected when I entered this thread.
Sorry for the loss and glad you are going ok
I'm sorry to hear that. Life is fleeting and evanescent and it's for that reason that life is ultimately and perversely beautiful. Your story was saddening. Have you thought about writing a memoir about it?
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EDIT: And that paragraph makes me feel selfish.

Not at all. That's the whole point of the thread.
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