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I Lost My Grandmother to Cancer

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    My Nana

    My Nana was the most wonderful woman you could ever have met! She just new how to make you smile and her laugh was contagious! I miss her more and more everyday! My mom & dad had me at a young age and while they got on there feet Nana raised me. When I was four I moved in with my...
    Alibunny13 Alibunny13 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 11, 2013

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    The Sickness-the Last Goodbye

    These are a couple stories i had to write for a college comp class a couple of years ago. Rough copies so please dont be too cruel with my grammar or punctuation. The stories just seemed to fit this group i found. To all who have lost any loved one to cancer. I pray for the...
    escapexthexfate escapexthexfate 18-21, F May 30, 2010

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    The Only Family Member I Could Actually Tolerate

    When I was younger I tended to annoy my family and I didn't have any friends, except of course my grandmother. She was the one who taught me how to read, how to make tea, how to move past those places in your life where you just want to give up. My first memory's where of her...
    ImAlittleLost09 ImAlittleLost09 18-21, F Oct 20, 2013

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    Not 1,Not 2,But 3

    Unfortunately I learned at a young age that people you love die. A lesson that was hard to accept and understand but a lesson I learned all the same. Lost 2 grandmothers to Breast Cancer another to Bone Cancer.Such devastating losses. I learned so much from them and had so...
    sexxydiva sexxydiva 36-40, F Apr 25, 2011

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    Gram Cracker Crunch

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6:46PM - I lost the greatest Love and Friend I have ever known or will ever know. My Gram was my Mother and my Papa was my Father. An unwanted child and burden to my own parents, but a Blessing to my Grands. My Grands took me in and thought of, looked...
    Mis77 Mis77 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 27, 2013

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    Breast

    Didn't even know she was sick. They never told me. She died when I was 5. I went to the graveyard but not to the viewing. I miss her.
    Aminik Aminik 31-35, F Jan 24, 2008

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    Three years ago my grandmother was diagnosed

    with lung cancer. I didn't really know what to feel at that moment. I just figured that she would power through it and come out winning in the end. To me nothing changed. She was still the same human being that continued to do what she wanted. Went for walks, volunteered, did...
    Angelmarie14 Angelmarie14 18-21, F Mar 23

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    Still Miss Her

      I lost my grandma to lung cancer and she didn't even smoke...ever We lived right next door to my grandparents when I was growing up and she was definately my serrogate mother. She was built like Dolly Parton and could always make me laugh. I love her and miss her everyday...
    maddieaz maddieaz 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 8, 2008

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    Sunday 9/11 2011. She Went Up To Heaven.

    The stress is getting to me my immune system is shot and I'm catching the flu before my beloved grandmas funeral which will be held on Friday. I feel so low my chest is heavy, I am at rest now but I keep alternating between crying and stressing out, I haven't eaten in two days. I...
    Jesusfoundme Jesusfoundme 31-35, F 5 Responses Sep 14, 2011

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    I Can Ride My Bike With No Handlebars

    Growing up, there was no one I adored more than my grandmother. From a young age she was the one there for me. My mother was going through a rough time while I was really young so my grandma took the lead on raising me. I always felt a little closer to her than my other siblings...
    Swimmingteacher7 Swimmingteacher7 18-21, F Apr 10, 2012

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    First Grandma, Then Mum

    When I was a boy - maybe 6 years old - when my grandma died of breast cancer (back in about 1970). My mum nursed her at home and it was really hard work for her. I remember reading grandma stories. It is tragically ironic that Mum herself got cancer. She got uterus cancer and...
    gavmac gavmac 46-50, M Aug 26, 2010

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    Not A Good Feeling.

    My grandmother died on february 12th 2012. She was a very special lady and i miss her alot. We were quite close since moved from Aus to canada for uni. We became quite close, and my only regret was not being there the morning she died to tell her i loved her. Although i know she...
    jesse451 jesse451 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 27, 2012

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    Lung Cancer

    BOTH of them.  and Also my Uncle.  and I smoke.  yeah yeah, well bring it on.
    btrfly09 btrfly09 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 2, 2007

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    1991

    It was in augest of 91 when she passed i was eight years old. She had been sick in and unable to move or talk for months. I often wonder how my life would have been if she had lived longer it would be better no doubt. It is tough to deal with a death of someone close at any...
    mulder mulder 26-30 3 Responses Oct 29, 2012

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    A Not-so-merry Christmas

    I remember the day exactly. It was Christmas morning, I was an excited little five-year-old. Curious about what lied beneath the colorful wrapping paper. After ripping open all of the gifts, my mom and stepdad sat me down at the dining table, both on either side of me. My mom...
    BrokenLullaby BrokenLullaby 16-17, F Jun 13, 2010

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    Sometimes I Hate Being Right

    When my grandmother entered the hospital we family were given a pamphlet to soften the blow that she probably wouldn't be returning home after brain cancer surgery. I was persuaded. She never came home.She was closer to me than my mother, her daughter. I miss her.At least she...
    freeed freeed 61-65, M 1 Response Aug 10, 2011

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    She Wasn't Much Past 60

    I lost my grandmother to colon cancer. She was 66, I think and I was about 8. I've really missed not being able to have a relationship with her. I've wondered if she would like the woman I've grown up to me. My Baba tells me that she and I have/had a lot in common. So, often or...
    Brittie Brittie 16-17 1 Response Sep 21, 2009

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    Beatrice Elizabeth Gilliam...~*nan*~

    i was 9, the day i learned my nan was dying of cancer. that was 23 years ago. mum kneeled before me and my younger brother and told us the heartening news. the cancer was everywhere - in her lungs, brain, throat...etc... i intentioned to be alone, but my younger brother followed...
    Clark44 Clark44 31-35 2 Responses Oct 21, 2011

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    It Happened So Fast

    My grandmother passed away on may 27, 2008... its only been a little while, its so hard to except that shes gone. She was 78,, she has had a very difficult time, with stuggling with her weight for has long has I can remember, 19 years ago she overcome ovarian cancer, she has had...
    iceberg01ca iceberg01ca 41-45, F Jun 11, 2008

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    Pancreas Cancer

    I lost my grandmother due to pancreas cancer. That was 9 years ago.
    gohjohan gohjohan 31-35, M Oct 30, 2007

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    Fate

    My Nanee has been battling cancer since I was born and it never let her rest. It ended at the age 63 when her doctors could not perform surgery to take out a tumor in her liver. We knew for a good month or so before it happened. I went to her funeral and my cousin Branson and...
    TruthLauren TruthLauren 13-15, F Mar 21, 2010

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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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    It has been about 3 years since the best person i knew was taken from us by cancer. She was my grandmother (my fathers mother) and she was awesome, she was always smiling and...
    Anth1290 Anth1290 22-25, M Jul 17

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    I was 15 when I lost my best friend to suicide. She was in Foster Care because her dad beat her numerous times and her mother just didn't want to be a mother. About every other day...
    Skinnylove99 Skinnylove99 13-15, F 19 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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    In the summer of 1987 I was eleven years old. My mother and I were living with her parents, my maternal grandparents. My biological father had never contacted us, so my grandfather...
    AnAutumnWind AnAutumnWind 36-40, M 3 days ago

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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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    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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    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 6 days ago

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    My grandfather (poppy) had been fighting his battle with cancer for 5years. On the 11th of July, last week, he lost that battle. Seeing him just a few weeks before he passed, it...
    edenfw edenfw 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    Sure, grandmas are expected to bake and be some of the sweetest old ladies but that was never the case with mine. In elementary if she was visiting she'd demand I and my older...
    0ct0pus 0ct0pus 16-17, F Jun 27

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    My Mom's Death I remember it clearly as though it happened yesterday. She was an amazing woman. Very independent yet not. My dad really held her together. I remember the...
    PoetryNEmotion PoetryNEmotion 51-55, F 2 Responses Jul 5

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    Last summer was the last time I saw him full of life and healthy. That September he was diagnosed with a rare, genetic but not hereditary cancer. Nobody in the friend group knew...
    kalleyboe kalleyboe 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    I was always a "different" person than others. Some would say when I was young I was just going through changes. The older I got the worse my struggle was with myself. I had major...
    MissShotti MissShotti 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 10

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    Pink - Raise Your GlassThis song makes me think of my sister, who died from complications of breast cancer. A bit before she passed, she showed me a video of this song done by...
    RaverFan RaverFan 41-45 Jul 11

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    I also lost my husband to cancer and am having a really hard time ... We were together for 23 years .and best friends...we traveled the world and never apart. I feel like half of...
    WorldofWidowHood WorldofWidowHood 66-70, F 1 Response Jul 12

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    My grandfather (my mum's father) died of lung cancer when I was 10 (7 years ago). I wasn't really that close to that side of the family because I saw them only like two or three...
    theweirdgirl987 theweirdgirl987 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    Last year two friends and I decided to shave or heads to show that "bald is beautiful" to cancer patients. We all three had long hair, but we went through with it. Many of our...
    mckenziegibson mckenziegibson 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    It was last year when my family got the call around midnight. i was still up because it was vacation. I heard my dad say im so sorry for your loss dee. thats when i knew my uncle...
    outsidelookingin99 outsidelookingin99 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    Almost 8 years ago I lost my brother. He committed suicide. Ever since then I have tried to help others who think their only way out is to do what my brother done. This year on my...
    Hanny20 Hanny20 18-21, F Jul 5

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    7 years ago I lost my grandmother . The woman who raised me since I was born . She was all I had , she saved me from my mother and father .. I was only 12 when she died but she...
    imperfectbeauty imperfectbeauty 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    Over the last 12 months,3 of my close friends have been diagnosed with cancer.then a few months back my mum also got told she has bone cancer to which there is nothing they can do...
    murgy murgy 36-40, M 3 Responses Jul 3

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    I had cancer when I was 3 years old I have cancer because my parents smoke and I have cancer from that lung cancer and Herat cancer I can't breathe much any more
    painfulwedgiegirl painfulwedgiegirl 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I have lost the most important woman in my life, my mother, 5 years ago. It's still the most painful event in my life. Losing her unexpectedly, when everything seems okay after...
    BakerQueen14 BakerQueen14 22-25, F Jul 3

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