Dying Teacher’s Amazing Quest

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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.

menascheMenasche was asked if he would want his students present for his, and what message he had for them.

“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.

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