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Even Gloomy Hospital Rooms Get Sunlight

Even Gloomy Hospital Rooms Get Sunlight

A thin shard of sunlight sliced through the pale blue curtains in the cold hospital room, burning against my throat. “Baba” was all I managed to say. I could not tell if he was asleep or awake. His eyes were dazed and unfocused as if he could not see the room in front...

A Word I Got To Know

A Word I Got To Know

When my mom first spoke the word “cancer” to five year old me, it had no meaning. It was just another word that I didn’t know, that I had yet to learn. I couldn’t understand why she had me sit on my bed, why she was holding my hand, why she looked so distraught. I...

My Journey

My Journey

As I sit here looking down at a picture taken at Camp Ukandu, remembering all the memories, love and sadness I have experienced at this camp. We are huddled in a big group, we hug, hands on each others' backs holding each other close, wishing we did not have to leave...

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...

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...

Strongest Parents

Strongest Parents

Life in the Fisher household was just like any other family. My mom Liz was a stay home mom, and my dad Bill worked as a pharmacist. We were a normal family, fighting, laughing and enjoying life together. Everything changed in 2012 when I was in 5th grade. 'Kaeli I...

Cancer Can't Take It All

Cancer Can't Take It All

At that time in my life, I had never seen such courage through heartbreak. Not once had I witnessed someone display that much strength amidst tears. My brothers, father, and I watched as my mom untied her head scarf, revealing her shaven head for the first time. Her...

Losing My Mother to Pancreatic Cancer

Losing My Mother to Pancreatic Cancer

When I was four, my parents sat me down and had a conversation with me. A conversation that at the time didn't faze me. They just kept repeating, mommy is really sick, she will need to be hospitalized and have surgeries. My siblings were much older than me and were...