Winning Essays

Winning Essays

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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...
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Beautiful Pain

Beautiful Pain

Cancer. A word that is screamed, spelled, pronounced, explained, even whispered in pain. My brother is 13 years old, and...
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Dear Cancer

Dear Cancer

Dear Cancer, It has been over one year since you have taken my mother from me. She is gone, yet...
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The Hospital Cafeteria

Now the most comfort I have is thinking what food I will be able to snatch in between appointments. I...
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A Whole New Life

The moment they told me I had cancer, I knew my life was about to change. I was twelve years...
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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...
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No One Fights Alone

About a year and a half ago, my oldest brother, Taylor, the healthiest guy I've ever seen in my entire...
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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...
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My Superhero

I always thought of my dad as this invincible superhero who could defeat anything in his path, and protect me...
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Andrew vs The Bug

Andrew and I were only born ten months apart but that didn't stop me from proudly wearing the title of...
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For My Dad

Searching through the foil covered casseroles that infested my fridge, a yearning for a freshly cooked meal overcame me. Unfortunately,...
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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....
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Changing Times

It was a bleak time for my family. My dad was between jobs, my sister was going into her junior...
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Cancer Unwrapped

March 13th, 2011. For most, this day was just another Wednesday; However, for me this became the day I will...
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Life, Death, and Probability; Lessons Learned from a Mother with Cancer

The world we live in is undeniably deadly; if one crunches the numbers, one discovers how everything in our daily...
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