I Lost a Parent to Cancer

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 212 People

    How It Happened

      Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - Tijuana, Mexico   When I walked down the hall, first there was Colleen; smiling, beautiful, the picture of health. Then my eyes fell upon him, my dad, seeming to have aged twenty years in the two years and four months since I...
    Gem1970 Gem1970
    46-50, F
    Aug 22, 2008

    Going Under

    When I was 10 years old my father was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was the hardest thing I have experienced in my life.  When my mother and I walked into the hospital room he looked at my mom and said " Im going under Kathy" I can still hear it.  ...
    fancysocks fancysocks
    22-25, F
    Feb 21, 2008

    I have lost my mom to cancer almost two years

    ago. I lost my best friend, The pain feels like a never ending rope tied around my heart. Then I'm just informed one of my good friend might have breast cancer. I'm devastated!!! This monster that attacks the body not only attacks a person's body but attacks all their loved...
    PatriciaLynn PatriciaLynn
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 29, 2016

    I Lost My Mother

    i lost a parent to cancer january 3,2008 it was my mother my sweet loving mother she was 53 yrs. old . she was sick the doctor told her that it was her gallbladder. she got sicker and sicker we finally called the ambulance. they did a serices of tests. they still couldn't figer...
    ap93610 ap93610
    31-35, F
    Feb 23, 2008

    Im Lost

    i'm 23 years old and from florida. I have a mother with stage four breast cancer, and i thought that was was very hard to deal with, than  7 months ago my father who was very healthy and had no medical issues died tragically. I was completely shocked and cant even describe...
    jminc jminc
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 5, 2008

    My Daddy :(

    My dad was born with neurofibromatosis. It has affected many of my family, in fact I have lost 3 family members to it. My dad is one of them. In January of 2003 he was diagnosed with cancer. He was only 37 years old. I was only 13 in fact, he was in the hospital on my birthday...
    daughter2champ daughter2champ
    2 Responses Jun 24, 2010

    Do You Ever Wonder What Your Life Would Be Like If...

    I wonder some times what my life would have been like if I had made some different choices. When I married I wanted to stay married for ever & did not want to be married several times. I made a choice for my husband to never have any children and to never go on with my real...
    G601 G601
    May 2, 2012

    I Lost My Mother To Breast Cancer

    My mother had breast cancer 11 years ago, went for chemo, mastectomy etc. She was in remission and 3 years ago it was back again. She fought back, went for chemo again, lost all her hair and was very ill, took a brake and went back for chemo. For every test she had to go you hold...
    Henika Henika
    Apr 9, 2011

    In Loving Memory

    I remember those two weeks when I was six years old and slept with my mom's pillow every night while she was gone. It smelled like her perfume and helped me feel closer to her. I missed her then, but I miss her so much more now because I know she isn't on a flight home. During...
    trashtotreasure trashtotreasure
    Oct 7, 2011

    Mummy, I Miss You

    My mum was 43 when she was first diagnosed with cancer. She had intense chemotherapy for 6 months and it was a very hard period for her and for us watching her suffers so much. She was never one of those people who complained about life, if she did, it was because she wanted to...
    agoncalves agoncalves
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 20, 2009

    Making Our Own Connections

    I grew up thinking that I wasn't good enough or worthy of a good family or true friends. I was alone, lonely, and self hatred had gotten to me. I need to be nurtured, cared for and listen too. I just never wanted to be accepting of that when I was young and in to my later teen...
    Hugsdirector Hugsdirector
    36-40, F
    Nov 4, 2013

    Can't Get Over It

    I lost my mom, best friend, and the greatest woman I will ever know on September 17, 2011. I have felt a void and part of me feels like it died that night as well. I would give anything to have my mother back. I have felt alone and empty all these years still. I still cry and...
    jaalae jaalae
    31-35, F
    1 Response Nov 30, 2011

    As I was ending my sophomore year in high

    school, I received the worst news a teenage girl could ever hear. This one event was going to change my life forever. The news was my mom was going to pass away and has lost her battle with cancer. I can’t describe to anyone what I felt in that moment, other than disbelief. My...
    Ordinarygirl1213 Ordinarygirl1213
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 21, 2015

    Father Died Of Cancer.

    On June 26, 2013 by dad passed away from throat cancer. I remember getting a phone call at 430am from my mom saying the hospice nurse said my dad has hours to live. At noon that day he passed. I talked to him once because my mom made me I just sat there and watched him breath. I...
    mommyoftwo37 mommyoftwo37
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 7, 2013

    2 Years Since Mom Lost The Battle Of Her Life Against Lung Cancer

    So I just read the first story I ever put on ep 2 years ago and I thought it was time to update on what has happened since then.. Wow.. Where do I start? I remember that day like it was yesterday still. It will probably "haunt" me for the rest of my life. So much has changed...
    dprince8302 dprince8302
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jan 5, 2012

    Lost And Alone

    i lost my mother to cancer when i was 14 she was 35 she found out in april of 2003 that she she had a gastric cancer and she died november 2003 i just feel so alone like i have no one to undrstand what im going thru i know it been almost nine years but the pain just doesnt go...
    HeartaBreak HeartaBreak
    Sep 22, 2012

    Grief Is Not A Linear Process, I Miss You Dad And It Has Not Even Been One Month

    August -diagnosis day, , 2011 the end, the ten months which ensued were painful on so many levels. I cant even describe the feelings,  It just hurt, the cancer vicariously, watching my lively active father go from an active tennis player to a vegetable who did not know me.  I...
    papachero papachero
    3 Responses May 10, 2011

    My Adopted Mother

    March 2, 2011, I lost the most amazing woman I have ever had to the pleasure to have in my life. My fiances mother, who took me in as her own daughter and was there for me when I needed someone the most. She was a mother to me. She was diagnosed with cancer January 2011. She had...
    bpoore92 bpoore92
    18-21, F
    Dec 19, 2011

    I Think About You Everyday...

    I was 13 when I lost my mum to Cancer on 25th October 1998, I think about her every single day, it's just too hard to put into words...
    LucyComiskey LucyComiskey
    Oct 21, 2011

    "Love you lots. Missing you already."

    I am hoping that writing this will help in some way as at the moment I am finding every day so hard. On November 28th 2013 mine and my family's world changed forever. My mum had always been in good health but she had smoked since she was 13. During that week she had felt unwell...
    Ogorman40 Ogorman40
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 29, 2013

    My Mother Was Diagnosed With Lung Cancer At 40

    My mother was 40 years old when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. This was in 2000, I was 14 and my little sister was 13 at the time. We were in a car accident and need to be taken to the hospital were the emergency room doctor found the cancer. Within the next few months my...
    lacilaci lacilaci
    1 Response Feb 12, 2009

    Story #256 Both

    I lost both parents, a grandmother, and two cousins to cancer. I have a feeling that is to be my fate as well. But, I am doing all I can to hold it off for as long as possible. One of the things I do is drink Pau D'Arco Tea. I don't know if it will do any good. And if I don't get...
    Serenitree Serenitree
    70+, F
    Oct 30, 2011

    Lost My Mom Almost 3 Years Ago

    I lost my mom to stage 4 breast cancer on February 26,2010. Everyday, I think about her. There's a part of me that cannot get over it.
    Smiletoday27 Smiletoday27
    Feb 23, 2013

    My mom died in 2013 after battling the evil

    plague for a long time. She did not get to enjoy her retirement she worked so hard for. She will miss her grandsons graduations. I miss her. Damn
    CrazyKYDaisy CrazyKYDaisy
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jun 10, 2015

    I lost my mum to cancer,

    stage 4 melanoma. she was diagnosed late 2012 and was put on this trial drug. she seemed fine had to eat by a certain time and medication at a certain time other than that she seemed fine things took a turn for the worse around August 2014 when she came out in a rash these spots...
    Mitchell92 Mitchell92
    1 Response Jan 25, 2015

    Too Young

    I didnt know my mom was sick for the longest time. the way i found out was bc my sis was listening in on a conversation my mom was having with my grandmother. when she came in to tell me i thought she was lying. but as she got more sick i started to realize it was the truth. she...
    gigi07 gigi07
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Aug 17, 2009

    I Lost My Mama Too Soon

    My Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer in June of 08. She fought hard but in the end she still lost the battle. My mom was my best friend and I just dont know how Im going to go on without her. She worked all the way up to the end and she never, ever complained. My mom was 47 when...
    dprince8302 dprince8302
    26-30, F
    8 Responses Nov 30, 2009

    5 month ago I lost a special woman in my life

    at the age 15 she battled for 3 years and sadly passed away at the age of 57 and I am still struggling to come to terms and need some one who been through the same problem of loosing a mam or a dad I. An talk to
    lucy2556 lucy2556
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 20, 2014

    Lost My Mother Two Days Ago and I'm Devastated

    I just lost my mom to stage 4 breast cancer 4 days ago. She was my best friend and I'm so devastated....I know she's in a better place and I would NEVER want her to suffer any longer..but now my suffering begins.   I'm having panic attacks and depression. I feel like I'm...
    IrishDancinMum IrishDancinMum
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Mar 2, 2008

    I Lost My Father

    January 2007, my dad set my brother and I down and told us he had cancer. He was strong and positive the entire time, but I couldn't help myself. I lost it. It was not until he grabbed my arm and hugged me that he started crying too. All through his illness he was determined to...
    acl416 acl416
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 10, 2008

    Lost Mother to Cancer, 9 Month Battle.

    I lost a parent to cancer.  Once diagnosed she was in and out of hospitals/hospice for 9 months.  I was 20.  She was 47.  Far too young.  They called it non-hodgkins lymphoma of stomach I believe.  No tears, no reminiscence.  Just wanted to get...
    Benvana4 Benvana4
    Mar 19, 2008

    Cancer Took My Dad

    I lost my father 20 years ago to one of the deadliest diseases of today. Cancer is spreading like wild fire on a daily basis. It’s also leaving the families in a black hole of hurt and anguish whether the person survives or not. Once you have gone through it with someone you...
    Cancertookmydad Cancertookmydad
    Aug 25, 2012

    He Was a Beauty Under the layers of Death

    I can still remeber the day we moved from my beloved home of palm trees and white sandy beaches to this grey, rainy, hell. The reason my father had cancer. I don't quite know what kind. I am to afraid to ask. He lay so peacefully in the white hospital bead. I can still remeber...
    dontrememberthisday dontrememberthisday
    May 20, 2008

    A Part Of Me Died With Her

    My mother lost her mom at a young age to breast cancer she would tell me how sad she was and how much she missed her I never understood the pain of loss. My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer five years ago I never thought it would take her away from me she was strong...
    kittie8587 kittie8587
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 23, 2012

    The Battle And The Rusulting War At My House

    iv had a great childhood, loving parents, toys i could build a castle with, parties on any special days, trips to the cinema or the water park but that seemed like a life time ago..... things changed fast it hit me soo hard i dont know how i kept standing dad just got sick thats...
    fightinglife fightinglife
    Aug 14, 2012

    My Mother My Angel My Best Friend

    Nine years have gone by since I have seen your face,. Nine years since I have touched you, hugged you, laughed with you and drove in a car with you. I miss you like crazy and each day does not get any easier. October 14, 2003 was the worst day of my life. My mother and my best...
    PinkRybbonRider PinkRybbonRider
    Jan 20, 2013

    My Mother Battled With a Brain Tumour

    Mum died at the end 1999 and was like many very brave aged 69 may her soul be free            Cor
    cor cor
    Mar 3, 2008

    My Dad

    he was a great man he toured the world as a manager for mca records and everything i do with my music is to make him happy but he died april 10 three days after i came to town to see him for my birthday yesterday would have been his birthday i now i cant stop thinking about him...
    dann042O dann042O
    22-25, M
    Oct 28, 2012

    I Lost My Mom To Breast Cancer

    I lost my mother to stage 4breast cancer. She was diagnosed when I was 17years old and died when I was 20. I watched the cancer tear her apart for 3 years before it took her life. She was more than my mother, she was my best friend she did everything for us and I hope that I will...
    cmg2185 cmg2185
    22-25, F
    Nov 24, 2010

    Lost My Dad To Lung Cancer

    I lost my Dad to lung cancer last August only a few weeks befoer his 73 rd birthday. Yes he smoked his whole life, but anyone can get lung cancer. My Mother also has stage 4 lung cancer and she just turned 69 and she still smokes. She was diagonisted one month before my Dad. She...
    G601 G601
    1 Response Apr 25, 2012


    I have nothing to say good about cancer. My real mom who is currently in rehab was in prison while she was pregnant with me... so I was adopted. By an amazing ladie to whom I called mom. She never dated or thought she would have kids. Having me was a dream come true, so I was...
    rye93 rye93
    18-21, F
    Dec 2, 2012

    I lost my dad to cancer 2 years ago.

    I really miss this wonderful man. He was very young just 60. He got esophageal cancer and was a very healthy person. The lesson in this is vast but I definitely learned to live day by day. The tragic thing that happened due to his death was he left me a little money. Now that...
    Foreveryoung35 Foreveryoung35
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jan 26, 2016

    My Mother

    My mother died of breast cancer in August 2009.
    PrInCeSsLiLo PrInCeSsLiLo
    31-35, F
    1 Response Dec 29, 2011

    Lost Both Parents This Year...

    In June of 2011, my mom and dad sandwiched their 40th anniversary with cancer diagnoses. My mom was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma (kidney cancer) early June and my dad followed her up with a diagnosis of Colon Cancer. Mom went ahead and had the bad kidney removed and dad...
    Guinness112 Guinness112
    3 Responses Dec 28, 2012

    I Miss You Mom

    It started in the summer of 2006. She had gotten a bone marrow transplant and was doing pretty good, then little things started going wrong... not feeling good here hurting there. Her skin turned all red for a while, then steroids made that better. Over time the steroids...
    STLonewolf STLonewolf
    31-35, M
    Sep 18, 2009

    My Mom, My Best Friend, My Business Partner

    I lost my mom to uterine cancer on August 12, 2009. She was 61 years young. She had been a 16 year breast cancer survivor. My mom was my best friend. We lived in the same neighborhood and were business partners. We had worked side by side for 20 years. Losing her has been the...
    Taksand Taksand
    41-45, F
    Jun 24, 2012

    Lost My Mom to Ovarian Cancer

    I lost my mom to ovarian cancer in 2000. She had battled it since I was 8 years old, and had gone into remission when I was 10, but then it came back. She had 2 surgeries to try to save her but in the end, the cancer overtook her and she died when I was 11.
    sleepsunawareof sleepsunawareof
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 30, 2007

    My Story

    I lost my dad to cancer in July 1984.  I was only a year and 10 months old.  He had cancer of his stomach and from there it spread.  I don't remember him but I wish I did.  It still hurts to know that I could've had a dad that really loved me.  I always...
    Valentine Valentine
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Sep 22, 2007

    Lost My Dad To Lung Cancer & Will Soon Lose My Mother To Lung Cancer

    My Mother was told she had stage 4 lung cancer one month before my Dad was told he had stage 4 lung cancer. They both had smoked since they were teenagers .My Dad died last August and my Mother has only a few months or weeks. She has one collapsed lung and still smokes. She is a...
    G601 G601
    1 Response Apr 27, 2012
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