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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...

Peter Crawford, a Father Figure

Peter Crawford, a Father Figure

“My father passed away from cancer when I was nine.” I know their next words after this statement: I am so sorry. Why? Because the thought of a nine-year-old boy crying himself to sleep for months makes you feel sympathy. Or that you know me now and I just blindsided...

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...

It Is What It Is

It is what it is. A short, five word adage that simply means live life in the moment, accept the hand you've been dealt. Don't worry, or complain, or even fear the future, just live for what is right in front of you. This how I try to live my life, all because of a...

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...

What Cancer taught me

It's hard for me to know where to start with my experience with cancer. I thought I could go on for pages but when I attempted to start I could barely figure out the first sentence. But it's not really the thought of cancer itself that hurts me so much it's the part...

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...

Dear Daddy

Dear Daddy, I never told anyone about my experience with your cancer. But I want you to know it before anyone else. Driving home from California. Do you remember that trip? Mom kept saying something was wrong with you. I didn't believe her, there would never be...

A blessing in disguise

It seemed as if I had been laying on the top of Mt. Everest to bathing in the lava of a scorching volcano. I felt cold chills racing throughout my body as I shook uncontrollably. My body would then suddenly reach high temperatures. When I was asleep I didn't need to...