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Lufkin teacher's disease has her leaving a void in the classroom


At 32 years old, Sarah Rosenzwig never imagined she would retire so young.

"This is the only job I've ever had," said Garrett Primary School music teacher, Sarah Rosenzwig.

Rosenzwig has taught music at Garrett Primary for the past 3 years, but this Friday will be her last day. Sarah was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, 7 months ago.

"I believe things happen for a reason. There is some reason for this. And, it's not for me to question," said Rosenzwig.

The illness has attacked her muscles and limited her daily activities, especially with her students.

"I normally like to dance with them and have a really good time," said Rosenzwig.

After months of rapid decline, Rosenzwig is leaving the classroom. Her mom, Barbara Stott, says it's something she didn't want to do.

"It has been a very big decision. She was trying to make it out throughout this year," said Stott.

The school says her absence will leave a void that will be hard to fill.

"The kids and also Garrett will suffer. Like I said, she has been a tremendous plus," said Garrett Primary School principal, Derrick James.

"I want them to have the best possible education that they can receive. So, if that means letting someone else step in to my place to teach them what they need to know, then I'm okay with that," said Rosenzwig.

Rosenzwig says her doctor told her she may only have another 5 years to live. It's a hard pill to swallow as a single mother.

"ALS is a family disease. It's not just one person getting it. Everybody in that family, as far as I'm concerned, has ALS," said Rosenzwig.

"You never want to see your child go through something like this. We always think of our children someday taking care of us. And, we don't think that we'll have to go taking care of them," said Stott.

The school plans to hire a substitute for the rest of this school year. Rosenzwig says she will receive social security disability payments to help cover her bills. She also looks forward to celebrating her thirty-third birthday with her family and her son on Monday.

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