I Lost a Grandparent to Cancer

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 217 People

    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

    *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

    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


    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

    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

    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...
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Sep 13, 2007

    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

    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


    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


    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

    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

    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

    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
    Mar 21, 2008

    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

    Grandpa I miss you so much today.

    I almost went out and bought a card for you like I did every year. Then I remembered you're not here anymore. I love you so. And I will until we meet again. And always.
    katariffik katariffik
    31-35, F
    Jun 21, 2015

    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
    Mar 18, 2008

    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

    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

    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
    Oct 15, 2008

    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

    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


    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
    22-25, F
    Dec 30, 2007

    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

    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

    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
    1 Response Oct 9, 2007

    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

    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
    Sep 13, 2008

    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

    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
    3 Responses Nov 5, 2007


    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 1, 2007

    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
    Sep 25, 2012

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 4, 2007

    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
    2 Responses Dec 8, 2008

    I lost my grandmother to

    either breast cancer,brain cancer, bone cancer, or possibly all of them. Sorry it's hard for me to remember, I try to remember the good things that happened around that time. She was everything to me. I loved her, and I lost her when I was only five 😭💧 omg I started crying...
    mistywolf14 mistywolf14
    16-17, F
    Sep 23, 2014


    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

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 13, 2007

    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


    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
    18-21, F
    Nov 6, 2012

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 14, 2007
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