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A Family Meal

A Family Meal

As usual, we sit around the table and focus on our screens. My mom fidgets nervously, searching for a topic to break the silence. My dad’s glasses reflect glare from his computer, obscuring his eyes, but it doesn’t matter- I wouldn’t look at them anyway. A time of...

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...

Cancer, More Than a Word

Cancer, More Than a Word

Everyone knows the word cancer, but what does it really entail? According to Webster is 'a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body' but everyone knows there is more meaning to a word than just the definition. Cancer is more...

Hindsight

Hindsight

They always say, that everything looks better in hindsight. I never really understood that. My name is Hayden Lohr. I was diagnosed when I was three years old with childhood leukemia.  Looking back, I realize that this was the best thing that ever happened to me. When...

You Must Be This Tall to Ride

My life is a rollercoaster. I'm just sitting in the cart for this rickety old ride blindfolded, never knowing when the next dip or loop will occur. Some dips are more memorable than others, such as the summer of 2014. The year I had been diagnosed with Adrenal...

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...

The Six Year Relationship

2015- 2016 started taking turns six years before. The journey began with the conversation that my mom and I had. I remember the day vividly. My brothers were playing outside, oblivious to the conversation that my mom and I were having. We sat down at the kitchen...

Pioneer

Statistics show that everyday 43 kids are diagnosed with childhood cancer, on September 9, 2009 I was one of those kids. I had just started the 4th grade at a brand-new school, it was the second day and my teacher had assigned us the homework project to fill a bag...

Have grace Madison. Be kind.

"Have grace Madison. Be kind." These words played over, and over in my head as I stood at the exit of my mother's funeral. August 22, 2015 a large gathering was held at Advent Lutheran Church in memorial of my mother who we lost to cancer a few weeks earlier. The...