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I Lost My Brother to Cancer

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    A New Star In the Heavens

    I lost my baby brother Jeremiah Joseph Leahy IV to colon cancer on May 30, 2008.  We had only been reunited after being separated for thirty years the year prior.  He valiantly fought the disease and maintained his humor and wit to the end.  Unafraid facing death...
    nycajun nycajun 56-60 Jan 15, 2009

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    Cancer Took My Little Brother.

    He was 38 years old when he died, but he'll always be my little Brother.  He was the baby of the family, but he had the biggest heart.  His cancer was Chordoma, it is a rare cancer, only 2% of all cancers are Chordoma.  It is a bone cancer.  It was so rare...
    BJTreese BJTreese 46-50 1 Response Sep 7, 2008

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    Guilt And Replacements

    I feel guilty being in this group. All of you have lost dear brothers you know and loved. I did lose a brother and it was from cancer but I never got to know him, yet he shaped my life more than I ever can. So if I want to tell my story, I must start at the beginning. With Dom...
    InsulinAddict InsulinAddict 16-17, M Apr 27, 2013

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    I was 11 when my brother died of cancer.

    He was only 21 but I am glad that he was a role model to me after our dad past away. A month before he died he had his 21st birthday. I had a blast and it's like it was yesterday he was scolding me for not picking up my dirty clothes off the floor. I remember when I revived the...
    SammyTommo SammyTommo 18-21, F Feb 27

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    He was my favorite person in the world.

    When he was 15 he was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma (I was also diagnosed a few years later). It's a rare soft tissue cancer that has a high correlation with genetic mutation of the 18th chromosome. His tumor was discovered behind his knee after complaining of pain (but he...
    lifeisabeautifulstruggle19 lifeisabeautifulstruggle19 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    It Happened So Fast.

    At the time of his diagnosis he was 29 and in a band. He was living the rock star lifestyle. I lived 400 miles away and only saw him a handful of times during his 8 month battle with cancer. It happened so fast that I feel guilty that I wasnt there. I miss him so much.
    lpg78550 lpg78550 26-30, F Dec 26, 2012

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    April Was The Month From Hell

    On April 2nd my brother, 35 years old, went into surgery to get a colostomy bag put on. 5 hours later his doctor called me, he didn't think he was going to make it through the night. I was driven 6 hours to make it to him & after I arrived, there was a miracle and he pulled...
    Mezzaphorina Mezzaphorina 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 1, 2013

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    My Little.brother.and My Buddy!

    I lost my brother on jan 5 2012 to small cell carcinoma, lung cancer. I am 48 and he was 45. We were best buds growing up and I remember taking on the neighborhood bully because he was trying to beat him up. I don't know that I Much of a difference because I am a girl but I...
    Tfinn64 Tfinn64 46-50, F 10 Responses Oct 18, 2012

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    Say It Out Loud

    I've been rewatching grey's anatomy (huge fan of it but thats a post for another day) and they talk about the 5 stages of grief and how you can bounce back and forth and stuff then later in the series they tell this women she needs to admit it out loud that she is a widow to help...
    meredithblack meredithblack 18-21, F Mar 20, 2013

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    Dustin

    I lost my best friend to cancer when I was 11. He was 12. He made me who I am today. I love and miss him so much. I've dedicated so much of my time for him, I wish I could do more though. Dustin was my brother. MY best friend. MY life changed. MY life would never be the same...
    Darkontheinside Darkontheinside 18-21, F Dec 9, 2010

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    Cancer Sucks.

    a little less than a year ago my brother was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor that did not take it's time destroy his life and the lives of us who loved him. although he was older, my brother was my best friend. the one person who never judged anyone and could always help...
    meredithblack meredithblack 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 31, 2013

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    Missing You, Brother

    It was 21 years ago this past May.  I was sitting in 9th grade geometry class, after lunch break, finishing up the classwork for the day.  The assistant principal walked into the room looking slightly confused and out of his element.  I immediately packed up my...
    WorthlessPlatypus WorthlessPlatypus 36-40, M 1 Response Jun 10, 2010

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    Cancer Took My Little Brother.

    He was 38 years old when he died, but he'll always be my little Brother.  He was the baby of the family, but he had the biggest heart.  His cancer was Chordoma, it is a rare cancer, only 2% of all cancers are Chordoma.  It is a bone cancer.  It was so rare...
    BJTreese BJTreese 46-50 Sep 7, 2008

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    Cancer Cure Covered Up By Government.

    Type in any browser ( RUN FROM THE CURE ) I was blown away when i watched this video, i have known for years the Governments and companies that make medice would have covered up something like this. Please please please pass it on to all your list. It does not just cure cancer...
    reikiman123 reikiman123 51-55 1 Response Oct 20, 2013

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    My Big Brother

    I lost my big brother to stage 4 alveolarrhabdomyosarcoma! He had it in his sinus, beat it! Relapsed into his pancreas. He battled it for four long years. He was diagnosed on april 15, 2007 at age 18 and passed away on June 2, 2011. He was the best brother you could ask for!! He...
    Sidthekid11 Sidthekid11 13-15 Sep 16, 2011

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    I Lost My Brother...

    i lost my brother to cancer.. 14 years ago he was only 18 an i was 17.. i miss him still soo much.. there was many things i never got to say to him and the guilt still lives with me today.. i miss you scott.. xx
    bexyboo bexyboo 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 25, 2010

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    I Lostmy Baby Brother To Cancer

    While he had just turned 33, he will always be my baby brother. He went in to have surgery on a hemotoma in his leg, and 3 weeks later lost his entire leg due to a rapidly growing tumor. By this time (they did nothing for 3 weeks--big mistake), it had spred to his lungs. He...
    amytow amytow 36-40 Dec 2, 2011

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    I Love You Forever My Twin, Did You Find Neverland?

    On January 4th 1997 me and my twin brother, Alfred were born. We did everything together, and we looked so alike that it was funny. When we were three years old, Alfie was diagnosed with Nephroblastoma, kidney cancer. He had chemo and they removed one of his kidneys, after that...
    EttaScout EttaScout 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2012

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    Today will make it 7 years

    since my brother passed. I'm the same age he was when he died and I'm battling the same disease. The pain has never ceased, I'm not sure that it ever will </3
    lifeisabeautifulstruggle19 lifeisabeautifulstruggle19 18-21, F Apr 3

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    I Cried Today

    A year ago I began writing a journal to chronicle my days and nights in the hospital with my dying brother an on the Air Force base where the hospital was located. There were two journals. One that I began on April 2nd and continued until April 22nd. That journal was ended...
    Mezzaphorina Mezzaphorina 31-35, F Apr 5, 2013

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    Time Is Meant To Heal

    In honor of my best friend Conner Scott. Although unheard I thank you For always being there Even when you were bedridden You always seemed to care You meant so much to all of us you were special and that's no lie you brightened up the darkest day and even the greyest sky Many...
    BJLes BJLes 18-21, F Dec 4, 2011

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    Yet Another Rare Form

    I don't remember the name of my brother's cancer but it affected his liver.  According to his doctors at the time, he was 1of only 50 people with this particular type. 
    Katija Katija 51-55, F 1 Response Sep 27, 2007

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    I'm new to this site

    and I was looking for some kind of outlet to go to... My name is Allie and I lost my only younger sibling to a very rare type of brain tumor in 2005. My brother's name was Jonathan and he was only 8 years old when he had passed away. He was diagnosed in May and died a month...
    alcad alcad 18-21, F Jan 27

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    It's still recent and it hurts.

    He left a daughter which resembles his face when he was a child. I am helping my parents process what happened and getting them to join a yoga group. They seem to be doing ok right now that I am with them, but I think about how well they will do when I have to leave. I am doing...
    Close2You Close2You 26-30, M 2 Responses Oct 9

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    Related Experiences

    I have a brother not biological but street wise.his name is Chris I met him in fostercare and lived with him for a number of mouths.I love him he was the only thing I could expand...
    Charles97 Charles97 16-17, M Oct 12

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    Two months ago I thought she hated me, like everything I do is bad. But a month ago I found out that she was 6 weeks pregnant. :O my sister informed me via text, and I was excited...
    Trishhh Trishhh 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I lost my husband to cancer March 18/2013. We were together for 34 years. I am still devastated and feel as though I will never get over this pain. I cry all the time and some...
    KassandraT KassandraT 56-60, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    few years back then, my granny past away peacefully. i missed her so much. she was the best granny EVER and she's just like a friend to me. I'm closer to her thn my mum and she was...
    llamaxxi llamaxxi 13-15, F 17 hrs ago

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    I had an idyllic childhood. My mom stayed at home and was super caring and loving, my dad was the provider and made a decent living, and I had the best younger brother. We wanted...
    jerseygirl18 jerseygirl18 36-40, F Oct 7

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    My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009. At the time, I was 12 years old in grade 7. I had no idea what was going on until 2-3 months later. My dad was loosing a lot of...
    lauranicole1818 lauranicole1818 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    I lost my older brother 2 yes ago, I miss him like crazy. He was my best friend. It's hard without him especially with the holidays coming up
    Ceelce Ceelce 31-35, F 16 hrs ago

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    today I have been thinking about it a lot so I decided to share. I am 18 years old, when I was 13, my oldest sibling and only brother Zac (16) committed suicide. The weekend he...
    lorettah lorettah 18-21, F 4 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    My younger brother died a month ago from blood cancer. He was 18 years old. I can't stop thinking that it should be ME, not him. He was such an amazing guy, he could have achieved...
    cyanesque cyanesque 22-25, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I'm the youngest of the family, so I followed after my brothers interests to fit in with them at a young age. The outcome is what I am today, a socially awkward teenager. I have...
    Sovitia Sovitia 18-21, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    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...
    mistywolf14 mistywolf14 13-15, F Sep 23

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    A couple months ago I found out I have lung cancer. I haven't told my younger brother yet for fear that he will get hurt. Im doing chemo pills and they are really taking a toll on...
    19alexanderknight95 19alexanderknight95 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 23

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    I lost my mom to cancer when I was 20. She was only 46. I am an only child so it was extra hard to face the battle with no siblings to relate to and share the struggles with. I...
    HazelleS HazelleS 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    I tried grieving her and moving on. I don't think there's any such thing as "moving on". She will always be here. She's the yellow in the sunset, the smile on her brother, the hole...
    crankandburn crankandburn 18-21, F Oct 4

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    I just want to use this platform to vent out my inner thoughts.  I lived an excellent life with my wife and kids.  I was the only person in my family who was well settled...
    smarty75 smarty75 31-35, M Oct 7

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    When Hannah died, I felt my world shake. Hannah came up to me in second grade, handed me an apple slice, and asked to be my friend. I never thought how much that one moment would...
    Lostneedsfound Lostneedsfound 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    My brother who is 2 years younger , I caught him one day sniffing my dirty underwear he begged me to keep it secret and not tell , so I made him wear them the whole day and when...
    Maryb96 Maryb96 18-21, F 6 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    Many siblings day this in passing or with little meaning; but I truly, deeply hate my brother. He is the anesthetist of everything that I hold in high esteem, and the idea that...
    PriorP92 PriorP92 18-21, F 13 hrs ago

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    So... Hi. This is my story. For the past three years, the man who was my fiancée and whom I have found to be my soulmate (do not be mean just because we might have been young...
    veryoldtree veryoldtree 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 6

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    A week before I graduated high school - the beginning of June of this year - my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She fought hard over the summer, doing chemo and...
    icantbreathe79 icantbreathe79 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    Um...yeah. I lost my virginity in the summer. But he lost his as the same time, and I love him loads. He's the best :)
    naughtyivy naughtyivy 13-15, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    My sister had cancer when I was younger, Got diagnosed with being one of those people with a poor immune system(couldnt go out side, could be touched) There is a thing call camp...
    LLAMAAAA LLAMAAAA 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 30

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    Back when I was thirty one years old I was going through the feelings of what is called maternal instincts. I think that is normal right? A young woman having the desire to have...
    chaiginger chaiginger 46-50, F 5 days ago

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    Cancer killed both of my grandmas (Leukemia and Lung Cancer), both of my great grandmas (Throat Cancer and Brain Cancer), my teacher (Lung Cancer), several family friends and their...
    blondevanillaspice blondevanillaspice 13-15, F Oct 5

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    I lost my first older brother 7 years this sunday when I was 11 years old. He died from an "accidental" prescription drug overdose. I lost my second a year ago from injuries...
    littlemiss139 littlemiss139 18-21, F Oct 5