I used to know this boy,he was often picked on and ill treated by everyone at school.
they made him feel unimportant and worthless.They bullied him to no end.
I was perhaps his only freind.He started telling outlandish stories,bing the son of famous celebraties,being rich(although his cloth's were hand me down's like mine)
i could have been a better freind,and should have.But I was so painfully shy and withdrawn tha ti would get terrible migraines from being around other people.
I did tell him he needed to stop lieing so much though.
because my brothers were the ultimate evil
we never lived in the same place for more than 3 years at most.
Thus I grew reluctant to try and make real freinds.
I am telling you all this ,because we all have reasons for doing the things we do.
Sometimes some one is tired of being alone.
afraid of being alone.
hojo can no more prove he has leukemia any more than anyone can prove he does not.
but he does so remind me of that boy who needs a freind
(wonders if I am oversharing again)
in the end all he really wants is both your compassion and at the very least some form of freindship,no matter how small.
having your body betray you,and those that watch over you strip away your freedom and independence is a frightning thing.
good luck hojo.