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I Lost My Grandmother to Cancer

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    jessicakittynese jessicakittynese 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 3

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    Deflatedone Deflatedone 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 12

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    I miss my mom. I lost her 4/1/2013 and it still hurts like yesterday. She battled ovarian cancer for 17 long months. I was with her when she passed and it wasn't peaceful. It...
    jusloveme jusloveme 36-40, F a week ago

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    I have no idea when or how it happened but....I'd be utterly lost without my phone. I check emails, use gps, shop....my phone! My "connection!"
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    thedude5600 thedude5600 36-40, M Sep 7

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