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49 entries.
Willow Willow
My mom has had breast cancer for almost 8 and a half years now, when I was younger I didn’t understand the seriousness of it until I saw her on a hospital bed with an iv in her arm, even then I couldn’t grasp what was going on, she went through chemo and it went well but being a child and seeing your moms hair start to fall out in chunks can really effect your views on things. When I was in 5th grade the doctors said that the chemo worked and that she was cured, but then a few months later they found out that wasn’t the case, that went on two more times of hearing the “good news” then being heartbroken. My mom has stage four breast cancer, she’s taking pills and they’ve been working but they make her tired and we barely ever do things as a family anymore besides eat dinner together or the occasional shopping trip. I obviously know it’s not her faint and I’m not blaming her or anything, but what happened to my family affected everyone and in my case it took away apart of my childhood as well as time my mom could have spent with me. I’ve been in and out of therapy since I was 10 and even then I could never really talk about it, my therapist now though is a really good fit for me and though I still have a hard time talking about it or figuring out how I’m feeling, I’m getting there.
Anonymous Anonymous from Coarsegold
In October of 2020 my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. She had been showing signs for over a year but her doctor ignored those symptoms. She later switched to a new doctor and ran more tests, which is when they discovered the cancer. It’s been several months but it’s hard to comfort my mom when I am not an emotional person. I ignored my emotions and the severity of this disease for a while, until today. She recently had a scan that showed some growths on her liver, which brought all of these feelings of sadness, anger, confusion, and fear to the forefront. The likelihood of her surviving past 5 years has decreased drastically and it’s difficult for me to process everything, especially the fact that she may not get to see me graduate college. I guess I don’t really know what the point of me writing this is besides getting my emotions out of my head. I hope all of you and your parents are healthy and happy and I’m praying for all of you.
Anonymous Anonymous from Winnipeg
Umm, hi everyone. I’m new to this site and I hope all of your family members/friends or if you have cancer (or are a family member/friend of someone with cancer), I hope you are all doing well. I found out last year that my dad had stage four esophageal cancer and it was a lot to deal with especially with the pandemic. Sometimes when I’m at home I do not want to be here because it’s like that’s where my sick dad is and scary and sometimes he just looks so sick. When I go out it’s like I want to be at home because my dad is sick. Even almost a full year into this I still have the realization that he has cancer. One thing that made it worse is my own knowledge of science so I understand a lot of what people say even though they think I might not. And I was at an appointment and I told person I was seeing about my dads situation and I guess the receptionists heard. When I came out of my appointment the receptionist were talking about how they knew cancer doctors and had a family friend who had the same type of cancer my dad does and they were talking about the survival rate and it’s quite low and they didn’t realize that I was standing right there. Hearing everything’s they had to say about cancer and it made me look up the stats because I wanted to prove what they said wrong but I found exactly what they had said and it is a haunting thought I have now.
Jane doe Jane doe from middletown
I found out my Uncle had cancer through accidently seeing a text that was sent to my mom. I dont want my real name up since Im not supposed to know. It scares me knowing he has this disease, but knowing my uncle, Im sure he can fight this off.
Jessica Jessica
Hi, my mom has had different types of cancer for over 10 years and throughout the years I've gotten used to her having cancer and receiving chemotherapy. She is the strongest woman I know and always gives her best to me and my siblings. However, these last few months have been rough and she has not been feeling well. I know she has cancer but due to her active life, I sometimes forget that she is sick. So when I start to think about and read about advanced stage lung cancer I can't help but cry. I don't know how to deal with the fear of her leaving me. She is my best friend and I always do my best to make her proud. I am grateful because she's still here with me and she was able to attend my graduation. I like to believe that everything will be okay and that everything happens for a reason.
Kristina Kristina from Philadelphia
I am grateful to have a mom, who is so much stronger than anything thrown her way. And I am grateful for God, who has showed my family and I so much love and mercy time and time again.
Amy Amy
I'm thankful that even though my Pappaw might pass away before Christmas, he got to see me graduate high school with honors and was able to support me in my first year of college.
nikki nikki from Hackettstown
hi! Im a 17 year old girl and my dad got diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer 6 weeks ago and it spread to his lungs, and hip bone. I am always really worried but i am so thankful for my close friends reminding me that my life does not suck. things can be much worse. so for now everything will be okay.
Lillian Ciocca Lillian Ciocca from Philly
i have so so much to be thankful for. but as a teen who had cancer I encounter triggers everyday that relate to my ptsd, get pranoid about every doctors,and isolate myself from social situations in the fear that no one wants to be friends with someone whos disabled. It sucks that I can only relate to my cancer friends and my school pals dont understand my outbursts and isolation moods.
Glenna Glenna from cedar rapids
I'm glad I have nearly a year left to go of treatment for my Leukemia.
Jaeden Jaeden
Hi everyone, my dad was diagnosed with CML about 7 months ago. I have been looking for some other teens who are going through the same thing. I try to talk to my friends but they don't understand. If anyone wants to talk I am up for it. Thanks.
parker parker
my life has been ruined by cancer lately.......... earlier this year my uncle , my moms brother got diagnosed w stage four cancer that is extremely rare type of cancer in his throat he is not getting better and some days he is then the next it all changes again , my grandpa who i am extremely close with was diagnosed w skin cancer in the last few weeks, my other uncle who is my dads brother is passing from skin cancer as well all of this is horrible and is killing me so i was talking with my parents tonight about how crazy it is that all these people in our family are getting diagnosed with cancer when they bring up my aunt now has cancer and is severe state and will be dying in the next 48 hours, my grandma who is sick with alzeihmers and has been for several years is in horrible state and then I realise that the worst thing that could ever happen was coming my heart sunk i feel empty i feel liek i never want to do anything except spend time with my mom she and my dad told me they didnt want me to find out before the holidays that she is having biopsy done because she may have cervical and uterine cancer i dont know what to do i dont want to go to school i dont want to continue with my extra corricular activities i dont want to hangout with my friends i dont know how to move on i feel empty
Briana Gettings Briana Gettings
Two months ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. PCI Hematology and Oncology have been great with helping in the care of my grandmother. Thanks to all the staff and doctors for making us feel right at home. I couldn't ask for better care of my grandma.
Kayla Kayla
10/17/15 was my dad's 2 year anniversary of having the surgery for his prostate cancer. He is still fighting but I am thankful he is still here.
Emma Emma
My grandpa has had prostate cancer for over 10 years. The cancer has spread throughout his body and is in his bones. To many this may sound like it would be one of the worst things to happen, but to my grandpa, he carries on like he's completely healthy. His positive attitude inspires me to always look at the positive side of things. Even after his long radiation treatments, he stays alert and positive. He goes with the flow which makes this whole situation easier for my whole family. My grandpa is my hero.
Norah Norah
I'm thankful that we are updating the Cancer Really Sucks site to be more user friendly! -Gems of Hope
Zuri Zuri
I'm thankful that my mom will get to see me graduate 8th grade next week.
Shelby Shelby
On 4/22/14, I learned that my dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma. And its a stage 5 cancer. We don't know if he'll fight it enough to survive. But me and my mom will help him through this. We want to spend as much time with him as we can. I just hope he can win the fight.
Aminah Aminah
I am thankful to have such a great family and a really strong mom.
Lilly Lilly
Even though my grandpa may die, I'm thankful he's Christian and that he's had a full life. And if he does go, it to a better place, right 🙂