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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,...

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...

Waking from A Dream

An Extraordinary Life

For my eighth birthday I had a cupcake party. My best friends came over and we decorated and ate cupcakes. It was so much fun. I was in the second grade at Little Chico Creek and Mrs. Wren was my teacher. I was learning about multiplication and the solar system. I...

Waking from A Dream

Victorious

November 12, 2017. Tick. Tick. Tick. I’m laying in a cold, white hospital room listening to the clock click off seconds of my life. Boom! The door crashes open. A slew of doctors barge in like they’ll win a prize for the most docs to fill up a room. Someone starts...

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, 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...

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...

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...

Why Do the Good People Have to Die

Why Do the Good People Have to Die

We were running through the waves of the ocean and the sun was shining brightly upon us. We were laughing and smiling without a care in the world. At that time I believed that bad things do not happen to good people like us. We live our whole lives and face nothing...