A former high school teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer is releasing a memoir.
David Manasche, who taught for 16 years in Miami, drove cross country visiting his former students in 2012. He has since written a book about his journey.
“I want them to know that I got this,” he said. “I mean, since we were speaking about Mark Twain earlier, one of this lines that has always resonated with me was, I was dead for billions of years before I was born and it didn’t hinder me in the least. And that’s similar to my attitude towards it. It’s in something I’m afraid of. It’s a natural process we all go through.
“I’d rather not die in front of my students as I do not want to traumatize them. I mean, I would sneak out of my classroom whenever I had a seizure because I didn’t want them to see it. And I’ve done my best to keep my disabilities away from my students because I don’t want pity; I don’t want sympathy.”
Menasche was told in 2006 that he had less than a year to live. A seizure later forced him out of the classroom.
His book, “The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons,” is scheduled for release Tuesday.