Loss of a Loved One

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Homesick

Homesick I had no idea you were a gift I couldn't keep. That our time on this earth was glass, able to shatter and be swept away at the mercy of a diagnosis. I thought, in my naivety, that you would always be there for me, and I never thought about what life would be...

Unwell

Unwell She sits on the edge of the couch, putting together a playlist filled with old Matchbox 20 songs and a bit of Elton John here and there. It was a strange combination, but it had been a rough day. Her mom was at work. Her twelve hour shift that had lasted...

It Isn’t a Battle That Can Be Lost

It Isn’t a Battle That Can Be Lost

I have a grievance with the way society treats cancer. I have a grievance with the way cancer treats society. I have many grievances, but I have more hope than grievances. I do not remember the day – rather, days – my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, nor do I...

Big Brown Eyes

When I was in fourth grade, I met a girl. She had long brown hair that was almost as curly as mine and she had big brown eyes, deeper and darker than I'd ever seen. She didn't say much in class and she wore the same hat every day. She was weird, just like me. We soon...

I Miss Thanksgiving

Last year, as sang for the closing ceremonies of Whatcom County's Walk for Life, I listened to the stories of the survivors. "14-million survivors in the US," the keynote speaker said, and she was followed by survivors who told victorious stories about fighting, about...

Hello, and Goodbye

‘안녕’ (pronounced Ahnyeong in English) means ‘hello’ in Korean. However, it also means goodbye. I never imagined that a goodbye at the end of Summer, 2010 would be the final goodbye that I would hear from my grandfather. My grandfather had lived through many...

150,000 Miles

My car is a petite, silver Honda Accord with just over 150,000 miles on it. These many miles were accumulated over the course of seven years of love, dedication, faith, and heartbreak, and seven years that I would not change one second of. My grandmother’s car was the...

My Friend, Cancer

The chemicals ran through her body like acid, draining the life from her weak and fragile body. She turned her head - her mother lay exhausted from a long day of working. Her vision began to blur, her throat began to tighten. Before she could wipe the tears away, her...

Gift from Above

A mother is a key aspect of every child’s life. She is there to teach you lessons, make you laugh, be a shoulder to cry on, and help you to grow both physically and mentally. She should be there for all the key events- first day of high school, graduation, weddings,...