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Waking from A Dream

Waking from A Dream

Four months of empty memories have risen from the depths of my soul after all these years. As if I’m in a dream, I see this fuzzy-headed little girl skipping circles around me as she laughs and recalls story after story of being “sick.” I suddenly realized she was me,...

Too Young

Too Young

Too young to remember it all. Too young to hear those life-changing words. Too young to grow up so fast. Too young to need to make everyone happy despite the pain. Too young to watch the Dad I knew and loved have to go through this torture, Stage 4 Glioblastoma...

Dear C,

Dear C,

I think about you in my sleep. Dreaming, of the lives you stifle breath out of, the lives you freely take. You were an accident. You were not meant to be here. A simple mutation, multiplying malignant cells at a rapid rate. Spreading to all that is good and clean and...

In the Family

In the Family

It's so strange to think that the thing that can make you dangerously sick or even kill you was in you when you were first born. It just sits there. Deep inside your body, waiting to someday take hold of your life. As a young and healthy teenager, it's hard for me to...

Losing my Father

Losing my Father

Well-known antonyms for hope: doubt, despair, pessimism. Most people forget to add 'cancer' to that list. For me, hopelessness was the only thing I felt throughout my father's struggle with cancer. If hope was the thing with feathers, then hopelessness must have been...

Knotted Happiness

Knotted Happiness

In eighth grade, I walked down the halls of my middle school, desperate for answers, my heart pounding in my chest. Like a five hundred-piece puzzle, I wanted to fit each shape together until I knew the end result for certain. Today, I stand beside my mother in our...

Cancer's Effect

Cancer's Effect

My life had been consistently perfect up until October 5th 2017. That was the day when my life turned completely upside down. She came home earlier than expected, and my dad went missing. They were outside and they sat in our car discussing her doctor's appointment...

Truth and Triumph

Truth and Triumph

A loss is something that everyone has to deal with at one point in time. For most, it's during their adulthood when their grandparents or parents pass on. However, I experienced a great loss when I was only 13 years old when my father died from stomach cancer. At the...

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,...