Sibling with Cancer

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Starring: Cancer

Starring: Cancer

Before her diagnosis, my big sister, Emma, had to be the most popular girl in school. She was the girl who could do it all. She was a four-year varsity athlete in softball, Captain of the Cheer team, National Honor Society member, tennis athlete, homecoming princess...

Can a Hospital be a Playground?

Can a Hospital be a Playground?

Obviously, a hospital is not the first place that comes up when you think of a playground, but for me, Seattle Children's Hospital was my playground. I was only four years old when my baby brother was diagnosed with leukemia, and as a little kid, I didn't really...

Expecting the Unexpected

Expecting the Unexpected

It was the month leading to the end of Middle School. Nothing to worry about except enjoying my summer and getting ready for high school. I lived what I thought to be a normal life with a normal family. My mother was a kindergarten teacher at my school and my father...

My brother's battle with cancer

My brother's battle with cancer

I always wanted a little brother that I could watch over, love and protect, so I was thrilled when my parents announced I was going to be a big sister. I was so excited that I even helped them come up with a name; the name I chose was Payton. It felt like an eternity,...

Beautiful Pain

Beautiful Pain

Cancer. A word that is screamed, spelled, pronounced, explained, even whispered in pain. My brother is 13 years old, and in his barely-longer-than-a-decade lifetime, he has had 25 surgeries. Using simple math, he averages one surgery roughly every 190 days. Every 190...

Andrew vs The Bug

Andrew and I were only born ten months apart but that didn't stop me from proudly wearing the title of being the eldest. We were products of a high school relationship that was never destined to go beyond high school. My mom was only 18 when got pregnant with her...

A Letter to Myself

Dear Grace, Trust me, I know how you feel. I've been there. Your entire world was just turned upside down. Your little brother was just diagnosed with cancer. It happens in an instant. Then suddenly, everything is different. This is going to be a long, difficult...

Friday the 13th

In the 4th grade, all I thought about was getting older. I worked hard to please teachers, and to form bonds with friends that would carry through to middle school and beyond. I used to be the kind of the kid who would talk to the para-educators during recess, and...

The Perfect Story

When I was young, my older sister would babysit me. She had a babysitting kit, a carefully decorated box that she would use for all of her babysitting activities in the neighborhood. She would prepare crafts, play crazy games, make meals. And I would hold up my...