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I Lost a Grandparent to Cancer

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    My Grandpa

    He died of brain cancer when i was like 2 or three, so i don't remember him at all. Sometimes I wonder If I would have gotten to know him if he would have lived. What he was like. He's Gone now.
    adminme adminme 18-21, M Sep 27, 2007

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    My Grandfather

    My moms dad I called papa.... 3 AM second wednesday of April 2011 my papa died from cancer. He had a surgery about a year ago to remove the cancer. He had pancreatic cancer...This year his cancer suddenly jumped from stage 1 to stage 4 faster than normally. The doctors couldn't...
    LavenderButterflys LavenderButterflys 18-21, F Aug 5, 2011

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    Maternal Grandmother..

    She died of cancer a year and a half before I was born... My mother believes I'm her reincarnate... I wish... From what I've heard, she was a lovely lady. Never wronged anyone... A real angel... I wish I could have met her... Just once...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 18, 2008

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    My Grandmother On My Mother's Side.

    I was never overly close to her but I did care. She had live in C.A. as long as I have been alive, I live in N.M. Not really condusive to frequent social visits. I always talked to her on her B-day and Christmas. First she got sick, then she had her first stroke, then a second...
    Wid Wid 26-30, M 1 Response May 6, 2008

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    I'm Losing My Grandma to C...

    I'm losing my grandma to cancer right now.  She is only 70 and has already endured so much.  I try to spend as much time with her as possible, listening to all her stories that might otherwise die with her.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 5, 2007

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    My Grandfather.

    I have lived with my grandmother and grandfather, from the time I was little. In 1998 my grandfather was diagnosed with brain tumors the Dr said the cancer had come from some other place in his body but they could never find out where. They told him he had a year to live, I...
    pixieprincess pixieprincess 26-30 Sep 13, 2008

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    My Grandfather

    I lost my favorite person in the world to cancer.  For the longest time the doctors said they didn't know what was wrong with my grandfather.  It was cancer.  It was the hardest thing I have ever been through.  I was my grandfather's birthday present, being...
    beaglewoman beaglewoman 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 5, 2007

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    Miss Him

    I lost my grandpa. He was a good man & always rode us around on his knee on the tractor aka the John Deer riding mower. He died of lung cancer from Agent Orange, at least that's what the doctor said. He did hold cigarettes. He never really took drags though, it was strange, I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 9, 2007

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    I Lost My Nan

    My nan and I were like best friends, I trusted her more than I have ever trusted anyone in my life. I lost a part of me the day she died. Growing up she was more of a mother to me than my actual mother. She had a brain tumor, it had been there years and the doctors found it too...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 13, 2007

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    Missing Someone You Never Met

    How can you loose someone when you never had him in the first place? My fathers father died of lung cancer about 2 years before I was born. It's so strange to miss someone who I have never met. I have only little pieces of information of him and with those pieces I've tried to...
    Fennella Fennella 31-35, F May 16, 2008

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    My Grandmother Died of Cancer

    My grandmother had lung cancer and died a few years ago. Now my mother has just been diagnosed with it also.
    mylitlbratz mylitlbratz 36-40 Oct 15, 2008

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    If I Have Met Her...

    She was 56...She never smoked or made anything that might have caused cancer... I never met her but everyone tells me I look alot like her..I act like her and I like the same things like her... She was also cancer (to zodiac sign)like me and when I think about her I bet...
    just4adream just4adream 19-21, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2007

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    Tracing Flowers On the Sofa

    I remember it like it was yesterday... I know everyone uses that trite phrase to show that the memory is still vivid. I'm going to use it anyway. It was three years ago when I lost my grandfather to cancer. I just started dating my ex-fiance and was so confused and lost when it...
    pinkspikes pinkspikes 22-25, F Nov 5, 2007

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    Nonno

    My grandfather died of cancer due to cigarette. When I was little I used to hide his smokes. He stoped smoking because of me, I was so proud of him!!. And then he had an argue with my uncle and started smoking again. I didn't ask him to stop this time, and I regret it. I know...
    caritus caritus 22-25, F Sep 13, 2007

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    Both Of My Father's Parents

    I was 2 when my grandfather died of leukemia.  They tell me he was supposed to die a few months after I was adopted, but that he hung on for a long time after that, because I was the first "real" grandchild (despite the fact that the rest of that side of the family didn't...
    eyes eyes 31-35, F Jun 3, 2010

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    So Long Ago Now...

    When I was in 5th grade my grandmother died of cancer. I'm not sure which kind. Back then I took it pretty easy, but the more time that passes the more I miss her. She wasn't my blood grandmother, but the only one I ever really knew. I miss her a lot sometimes. Like right now for...
    LylaRocks LylaRocks 26-30, F Dec 31, 2007

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    Both Grandparents

    I first lost my grandma to breast cancer.  It was the first family member I had ever lost.  I was the first grand child for her and also the first girl...she had two boys...so I was her very favorite...LOL...and I knew it!  She was just the best and the family...
    Blitzsgirl Blitzsgirl 41-45, F Feb 27, 2008

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    2

    I lost 2 gandfathers from cancer. The first one I never knew, he died before I was born. Then the one grandfather I did know passed away from cancer as well. he was the only father figure I had in my life. I miss him so much. It's been about 4 and a half years now since he...
    Melody08 Melody08 18-21, F Mar 17, 2008

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    Miss Grandpa

    I lost my grandpa to Colon Cancer when I was 8 years old. I loved him so much. I remember the last time I saw him. He was in the hospital in a coma and the nurses wouldn't let my dad take me in to see him, he fought with them until they agreed to give us 5 minutes. He was hooked...
    cpetshks cpetshks 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 12, 2007

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    R.i.p Papa

    I lost my grandfather last year to stage three lung cancer he was the rightful age of 65( still to soon if you ask me) he grew up in a small farming town of Lumberton Nc. When I was born I lived with my grandparents for a few years only cause my mother was in the military and...
    James19962 James19962 16-17 Sep 25, 2012

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    Life Is Unpredictable

    When I was four years old, my dad had to relocate since he had changed his job. However, since my school and our house was still in our old city, my mom and I stayed back for a year so that she could tie up loose ends. At this time we stayed with my mom's parents. In this period...
    jasmine239 jasmine239 19-21, F 1 Response Sep 13, 2007

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    Granny

    I've lost my grandmother 4 years ago to cancer, my grandpa fought already twice against it and thankfully still alive. I've loved my grandma so much but she's at a better place now.
    ElizabethCJH ElizabethCJH 16-17, F Nov 6, 2012

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    Not Really

    My grandmother had brain cancer.  She didn't die from it though.  She died during an operation to remove a brain tumor, when the surgeon messed up during the operation. 
    yoyy yoyy 26-30, F Oct 15, 2008

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    Granny...

    i was only 9 when she died, but i remember her.  she and my dad argued from time to time about her smoking...  near the end she had a lit cig and her oxygen tank.  i dont know if the cancer started in her lungs and moved elsewhere, or what.  but i do know...
    SunnyKris SunnyKris 26-30, F Sep 13, 2007

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    I Miss You So Much Grandpa

    about 8 years ago on Christmas Eve I spent the day getting up the courage to go and see my grandpa the only MAN that has been in my life and been there for me since the day I was born - he was my dad, my best friend, my buddy.  Grandpa could do anything!  He even gave...
    PiSSyPrinceSS PiSSyPrinceSS 26-30 2 Responses Dec 8, 2008

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    Grandfather

    I lost my grandfather to lung cancer about 19 years ago.  It still hurts and I miss him even after all these years.  But I know he is not in any pain anymore.  I was not with him when he died but my mother said I was the last one he asked for.  I sitll like to...
    rondat rondat 41-45, F Jan 10, 2008

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    Never Met You

    Grandma... you died before I even met you, I know you taught my mother well, so thank you, for everything..
    Faithie Faithie 18-21, F Jan 19, 2009

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    September 16, 2011

    Is when my grandma found out she has lung cancer, and a tumor in her brain.She just finished a heavy round of radiation two weeks ago.Today, October 21, 2011 Ernestine B. passed away at her home, quietly. She just stopped breathing... She stopped living.I think when we get to a...
    Infinite9 Infinite9 70+, F Oct 21, 2011

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    Like a Father

    My grandfather died of prostate cancer when I was in 6th grade and it broke my heart. He was like a father to me since mine wasnt around...I was always with my grandparents and my and my papaw would take a daily walk didnt matter where we just always walk around for a couple...
    LipstickandBruises LipstickandBruises 26-30, F Jun 16, 2008

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    Gramma

    I lost my grandma to lung cancer when I was seven. She was diagnosed in November and died the next February.  She didn't have long to live and it was really hard for me to understand what happened at the time becuase I thought she was just sleeping. She was biologically my...
    artistofharmony1986 artistofharmony1986 21-25, F Dec 30, 2007

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    Yes :( 3 of Them

    Both grandparents on my dad's side both died of cancer. My grandmother on my mom's dad died of cancer.  I just found out tonight my grandfather has been diagnosed with lung cancer. And he's in his mid 80's but has the sprit of a 20 year old. It's just not fair.  :(
    littleroo littleroo 26-30, F Apr 2, 2008

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    Grandma Was My Hero...

    I lost my grandmother to breast cancer in 1997.  I was 22 years old and pregnant with my second child.  I remember when I was 9 years old and finding out that grandma had been diagnosed with breast cancer then.  She had a mastectomy and took the drugs to keep the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 21, 2008

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    I Lost My Both My Grandmoth...

    I lost my both my grandmothers to cancer,  never knew my Mom's mom.  Wish I did, as from what I heard she was truly a warm, fun, kind, person. I feel I was cheated a bit on that one. My fathers Mom was never there and remained aloof til her...
    glorygirl glorygirl 56-60, F Nov 5, 2007

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    *im Losing My Grandma To Cancer.

    There is a human being dying in front of me. Just a week ago, she could get herself to stand up. Before that she could at least get herself up. Before that she could use her walker. And now she's bed ridden. She's babbling like a baby, so doped on Adavan and Morphine. She can...
    skinnnnylove skinnnnylove 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 14, 2012

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    Grandpa

    He wasn't my Grandpa by blood, but he was the best male role model I ever had. My Grandma married him when I was about eight or nine years old. Theirs was the first wedding I ever went to. I was a flower girl, and I carried fake plastic flowers. They were married in the Town...
    Glory Glory 16-18, F 1 Response Dec 1, 2007

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    My Grandpa

    I was only six when I lost my grandpa but his death tore my entire family apart and we're still struggling with it. He went in one of the worst ways possible. Back when he was a kid he'd received some kind of treatment for really bad seasonal allergies that involved radiation...
    NotAMouse NotAMouse 18-21, F Nov 1, 2013

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    Unfourtunately

    I lost my great-grand father to cancer. I believe it was colon cancer. I only met him when he was on his death bed, due to family issues. I cried when he passed away, I don't think because he was gone but because I didn't get the chance to really know him.
    TiPoupon TiPoupon 18-21, F Jul 21, 2008

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    She Suffers No More...

    I lost my grandma to a rare skin cancer when I was 18 years old. I lived with my grandma from the time I was 6 until I was 16...She meant a lot to me. She had been dealing with this cancer for about 16 or so years when she died. She had been holding on for so long. There had been...
    AllMyLove AllMyLove 19-21, F 1 Response Nov 4, 2007

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    In An An Instant..

    I lost my grandpa to cancer about a year and a half ago.  He was one of my best friends and always made me think twice about myself and what I was doing.  Him and my grandma lived about a mile away from us but moved across the street when my grandma had a stroke and...
    penguinpeace penguinpeace 18-21, M Dec 1, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    I'm most likely going to have to go live with my grandparents or be put in foster care or something. I don't want to be anywhere near my father he is the cause of so many of my...
    BulletForMyBlackVeil BulletForMyBlackVeil 13-15, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    My cousin died from cancer at 22 not too long ago. My aunt died from breast cancer when i was little. Anyone who has gone through this, i feel for you. Sending you all hearts xx
    Jennajmac Jennajmac 18-21, F 5 hrs ago

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    I've had some dark days in the 25 years of my life and this summer some new ones were added to that. I watched my mother die of cancer at 16, and within a year after her death, I...
    heartsofgold22 heartsofgold22 22-25, F Jul 9

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    3 years ago, I lost my father to a lung cancer. He was 41 and I was still in junior high. And since then, my grandparents put me in charge as the head of the family. But my mom has...
    kiarna811 kiarna811 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    June 29 👌so yes I am a cancer baby :)
    randelynisdead randelynisdead 16-17, F 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    Does this mole look cancerous?
    nirvanadystopia nirvanadystopia 18-21, F 27 mins ago

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    So back in 2006 my mother ended up getting ill. She wasn't feeling and refused to go to the doctors. You see mom was a very stubborn woman and I'm pretty sure I get that from her...
    LifeOfaMarineGirlfriend20 LifeOfaMarineGirlfriend20 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    Uncle Gary. Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It had spread to his liver and lymph nodes. He died May 18 2014. He has three children. My younger cousins. Kara 10, Adriana 8, and...
    cat13wolfjb cat13wolfjb 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 30

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    Cancer is a terrible thing. From losing my Grandfather and my Aunt. My grandfather had liver cancer and passed away not long ago, maybe a couple months. I miss him. He means so...
    Kaylamarie9413 Kaylamarie9413 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    It's been almost one month since my mother died of pancreatic cancer. Cancer killed her slowly since she was diagnosed nearly 3 years ago. I'm not a religious person and I don't...
    orientador orientador 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    I’m feeling really horrible at the moment so prepare yourself for a rather depressing story. I just really need to write to my heart’s content right now, so I’m sorry if it...
    thatgirlwithapen thatgirlwithapen 22-25, F Jul 13

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    I lost mama and I so miss her. I still love her a lot, and it's hard to go on without her. Sometimes it's terrible. I don't believe cancer killed her, her time in this worldly word...
    Meryaz Meryaz 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    This has been a interesting and scary journey and as yet I do not know how it will end. It began when I went in for a a colonoscopy I asked the doctor to do an upper scope as well...
    lifedrawing lifedrawing 61-65, M 1 Response Jul 19