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I Lost My Mother to Cancer

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    Thirteen Years...

    I didn't want to write a story here. Not now. Sure, she's gone, but it's a kind of happy time for me, and I didn't want to bring up the old grief. But the anniversary of her death was April 15, and thirteen years later, grief it still is. There are a lot of days I don't think...
    onceandfutureglow onceandfutureglow 31-35, F 19 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    BarbieGlamour25 BarbieGlamour25 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 15

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    Lung Cancer

    My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer on October 16 2006, she passed away March 16 2007.  The doctors thought she just had pneumonia and did not do any chest x-rays. a couple of weeks later she went back to the hospital, they did an x-ray this time and found the cancer...
    lucky25 lucky25 26-30, F 8 Responses Sep 17, 2007

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    Earlier this week my mom finally died of

    pancreatic cancer. She fought for 9 months, and it left her as a shadow of her former self. This woman taught me to be independent, work on my own car, and when things didn't go as planned; push that sucker home myself. I wouldn't be the woman I am today without her, and it...
    artsciencelovelife artsciencelovelife 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 16

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    i lost my mom to cancer at the age of 7.

    It was a very young age and i didn't entirely understand the situation but i did know that i wasn't gonna be with her anymore. i remember when she sat me down and tried to explain what was going on. she told me the doctors only gave her a few months to live. She fought through...
    resendizn98 resendizn98 13-15, M 2 Responses Dec 16, 2013

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    So, this is quite tough

    for me to talk about. I was so close to my mother, and I think I always appreciated her more because I knew that she had lost her mother to cancer 8 months before I was born. It all happened very quickly. My parents had gone on holiday, and upon return my mother became jaundiced...
    CherryPutain CherryPutain 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 1

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    New Territory

    Last year was a hard year. I lost my grandmother, my mother, and my marriage, thought the latter was actually a positive change. I sometimes find it hard to understand how I feel, or to know for sure if I'm feeling what I should be feeling. The idea of loosing my mother was my...
    davidstone78 davidstone78 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 30, 2007

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    My mom and I had a very different

    yet special relationship, thing's got harder as I got older but when I was little she was my super hero! There wasn't a moment that went by that she didn't tell me that she loves me, that I'm beautiful, and smart. When I looked at her I used to think, I'm so lucky to have such a...
    teeheartmarie teeheartmarie 22-25, F Jan 23

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    In March of 2010 my mother was diagnosed with

    lung and brain cancer. For the next two months I watched a vibrant woman in her late 50’s waste away to nothing. I don’t have the words to describe what the ravages of cancer do to the body. The last two weeks of her life, we kept her at home, and I watched my mom die a...
    ProgressNotPerfection ProgressNotPerfection 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 6

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    She Would Not Go to the Doctor.

    At the age of 56 my Mum told my sister that she had found a lump. My sister, a nurse, looked at the lump, then she asked our Mum how long it had been there. My Mum was frightened, it had been there for almost a year. It had grown angry. As you would expect she had an operation...
    DAVIDinIRELAND DAVIDinIRELAND 41-45, M 5 Responses Jun 9, 2008

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    A Tribute

    I would simply like to pay a tribute to my mother. She is the woman who shaped my life, gave me unconditional love and who taught me compassion, empathy, humility and an ability to put myself in other people’s shoes. She taught me to step up to the plate to help others in need...
    diablesse34 diablesse34 46-50, F 42 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    Last month I lost my Mum to cancer.

    She was my best friend and now I just feel lost without her. In the last couple of weeks of her life I spent every waking moment with her, caring for her, talking to her and helping her. I was there when she died and I will never regret that. I haven't properly cried yet - I...
    bf17 bf17 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    To The Most Incredible Person I've Ever Had In My Life.

    When I was 10 years old .. I remember my mother had been complaining about some pain in her breast, she showed me and it looked like an crater in her breast, she had been complaining about this to our family doctor for a while and he would say: It's a sist, nothing to worry about...
    Yzzi Yzzi 22-25, F 35 Responses Aug 3, 2010

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    The 'C' Word

    Last year on the evening of the 23rd of September I got told that my terminally ill mother had passed away. She was 42 years old and had been fighting various tumours for two years. The relationship I had with her was practically non-existent but her death still completely...
    Theblissfullydead Theblissfullydead 13-15, F 3 Responses Oct 24, 2013

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    Always There

    "Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well. Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every...
    diablesse34 diablesse34 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 31, 2013

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    Four hours ago she passed

    after a year of her latest fight with brain and lung cancer. It is all so very fresh that i don't yet know how to react.
    AliciaHalfcat AliciaHalfcat 36-40 3 Responses Feb 16

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    Mum, I Miss You More Today, Than I Did Yesterday.

    On the 23rd of May , it was five years since i lost my beautiful mother to ovarian cancer, at age 66.I could not have asked for a better mother and best friend.I am the eldest of her 4 children , and her 11th grandchild is due soon.When my mum was told that she had late stage...
    happinesswinsxx happinesswinsxx 41-45, F 20 Responses May 26, 2013

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    One Year Without My Best Friend

    This is my first post to this site.  I was amazed to see the group off to the side on the second page I checked out.  Now my story......... My mother fought with breast cancer for 13 years.  She hit a huge bump in the road in January of 2006.  She had another...
    extremstorm extremstorm 36-40, F 21 Responses Sep 14, 2007

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    Mom calling and calling,

    I'm on my way to a show I answer, she crying, saying Sadie is dying The doc said she only had a week for us to speak Before she deceased, cause cancer was just eating her cheeks up F.U.C.K, nah this is really awkward for me, bruh I hang the phone up, and adjust my seat back And...
    footlover500 footlover500 13-15, M 1 Response Feb 9

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    My Mother's Last Days.

    My mother was just 62 when she lost her battle with colon cancer. It was a shock to our whole family. In May of 1996 the Dr. told her she had dioticulitis, and in Jan. 1997, he told us she was in the last stages of colon cancer.  She died on Feb. 2, 1997. My mother lived for...
    RainbowsandAngels RainbowsandAngels 51-55, F 3 Responses Dec 18, 2007

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    Mom's Gone..

    I lost my mother two years ago; she was 54. She was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years ago. I was 18, my sister 15. Those years were supposed to be the beginning of everything. (see, my sister had cancer when she was a child and she survived. My family's been through a lot...
    Stashia Stashia 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 2, 2013

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    Lost

    I cant believe it's been ten years since she passed away. that's an extremely long time, and i still don't think i have my head wrapped around it. I've grown up completely without her. Went through my teenage years, graduated high school, and in two years ill be graduating...
    clacey clacey 18-21, F 10 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    On 21/12/13 I held my mum in my arms

    and watches her slowly take her loader breath. My mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer (neroendicrine carcinoma) which is a very rare cancer. She was diagnosed May 2013. I watched her loose 9 stone and slowly lose Her dignity and independence. She was a strong women who found...
    xXLondonladyXx xXLondonladyXx 22-25, F Jan 10

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    I Lost My Mother To Cancer

    For my entire high school career my mom was battling advanced liver cancer. At the end of my freshman year the doctors told my family that she was cancer free, but by the middle of my sophomore year it came back and never left. She passed away five days before my first day as a...
    kalechips kalechips 18-21 2 Responses Nov 13, 2013

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    I Never Got To Say Bye

    I was angry when my mom went into the hospital. I argued with her and didn't say what I should've told her and one night we found out that she was being kept alive by machines and I realized it was to late to tell her I loved her and that she was my biggest hero. She battled...
    BraedenMiller BraedenMiller 13-15, M 10 Responses Nov 18, 2013

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    She Died In My Arms

    It's been over 2 years now and still too painful to recall in detail here. We were as close as a mother and son could be. The best parts of me came from her, and I'll never stop missing her until I see her again. It was so painful for her at the end but her courage and...
    justjohn57 justjohn57 56-60, M 3 Responses Nov 12, 2013

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    Years

    I lost my mother the day before 9/11 ~so 9/10. I was almost 5 years old when she passed. Although I never got to know her too well and can't remember much about her, I still love her with every fiber of my being. I miss her dearly and the loss of her is starting to become...
    coralsinger coralsinger 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 12, 2013

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    Lets Beat Up Cancer Together!!

    it is the holiday season, and there are millions of people right now around the world with a horrible illness we know as cancer. ive always wanted to help these people but never knew how but im finally stepping up. and i want anyone who cares to try and make a difference as well...
    zackshelpingpeople26 zackshelpingpeople26 26-30 2 Responses Dec 1, 2013

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    Breast cancer. 6 months ago,

    my 8 year old brother and twelve year old sister all lay around my mother as she fought to breathe. So many tears were shed but I would never give this memory up for the world.
    Petunia164 Petunia164 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    In My Dreams

    I was able to talk with Mom a couple of hours before she closed her eyes with help from the morphine.  She was in and out, but we could still understand each other through the choking tears. I said, “Mom, you fought very hard.”  She said, “It didn...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 2, 2010

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    I Wish I Could Have Helped Her Die

    My mom had Mammograms every year. Every year they came back negative. Then she had a lump on her neck which the dermatologist took off in his office. It was breast cancer (Stage 4) She fought for 4 years through Chemo and radiation and it spread to her bones eventually. She was...
    emptyheart emptyheart 41-45, F 30 Responses Sep 6, 2007

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    Losing Mum

    It would have been Mum's birthday yesterday, instead I have her ashes in a tube stored away in a whicker basket in my bedroom. It's been 16 months and I still can't face the final part of letting go. It all happened so fast....a hoarse voice over new year that seemed to last...
    Jillybean42 Jillybean42 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 26, 2013

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    It will soon be 5 months

    since my Mom's passing, and during this holiday season my memories of her flood my mind often. She was such a loving and strong woman; someone who ALWAYS thought more of other's needs than her own. I am so proud and fortunate to be her son. I felt so hopeless in her waning...
    Passionateheartman Passionateheartman 46-50, M 7 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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    Before I was age 10 and a couple of days

    before my birthday I lost my mother to cancer. I later found out in my late 20s the cancer caused her to loose the child she was pregnant with......which I didn't know about and I really don't know how I feel about that. I still remember being woken up at 3am with the news of...
    NotMe1536 NotMe1536 13-15, M 2 Responses Jan 28

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    I was an only child,

    and closest to my mother of both parents. She was a loving person, a kind-hearted, memorable woman. She could light up a room with her smile, make it glow with her warm words and spirit. She lived life enthusiastically, was spry and determined in nature. It was drained...
    RedHotCrazyPerson RedHotCrazyPerson 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    Feeling Empty

    My mom had been fighting ovarian cancer for 6 years. In August she went into the hospital. She something happened to her intestines where she couldn't eat. The doctors couldn't remove it and they had to stop the chemotherapy. They sent her home on hospice and said that she was...
    skyleryounger skyleryounger 16-17, M 6 Responses Nov 2, 2013

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    July 31, 2013, my life went completely downhill

    when the doctor confirmed that my Mom had Stage 4 Colon Cancer after months of complaining of bad admdominal pain. I never thought this could happen to my mom, in general my family! I couldn't stop crying. I remembered she reassured me everything will be alright and she will be...
    hyperballadme hyperballadme 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    Young m willing to do anything to help his

    family. Have anything to ask www.gofundme.com/7b4p5c
    Boredathomeboy Boredathomeboy 16-17, M Mar 9

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    i lost my mother to cancer 5 years ago.

    and every single day goes by and my grief doesn't grow any smaller. she was amazing and perfect in every aspect. i dream to be like her.
    leahduffys leahduffys 16-17, F Apr 8

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    Buried my mommy last week

    after an 8 month battle with Melanoma. She was doing great, then all if a sudden had some sharp pain in her side a couple days before Thansgiving. She died a week later. I flew in just hours after she passed. I had to say goodbye through FaceTime. She was such a loving brave...
    Shaunacarpenterkruse Shaunacarpenterkruse 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    Again...

    I have been ruminating on this story for a bit now. As is so often the case, my life gets so hectic and I can't sit and write when I need to, and then things get so complicated in my head. I usually write about her at least once a year. On her birthday, the day she died, mother's...
    onceandfutureglow onceandfutureglow 31-35, F 7 Responses May 27, 2013

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    I guess to understand the full depth of my

    story, it's best to start at the very beginning It all started when I turned 7. Up until that age, I has a great family. My mom and dad were still together, we had a nice house, in a great suburban neighborhoods, my dad has a good job and my 2 brothers and I were doing great...
    heartsofgold22 heartsofgold22 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    Ashes In The Chemport II

    Eating for Two Once I found out that Rachel and I had the same blood type, I came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea. She could have my blood for transfusions. My blood is like friggin’ high-test. She needs iron and I’m like a red-meat ***** so it just made perfect...
    BabzEsq24 BabzEsq24 46-50, F 4 Responses Dec 3, 2011

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    English Is A Stupid Languish-author Unknown

    http://www.c4vct.com/kym/humor/esl.htm There is no egg in the eggplant, No ham in the hamburger And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England, French fries were not invented in France. We sometimes take English for granted, but if we...
    BabzEsq24 BabzEsq24 46-50, F 10 Responses Jan 15, 2012

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    I Miss You, Mum

    My life changed forever on July 3, 2010. That day my mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Prior to that day I couldn’t have been happier. We had been hanging out, enjoying life with each other. We weren't the closest, but we had a relationship that everyone strives for...
    laurie37 laurie37 18-21, F 6 Responses May 7, 2012

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    Goodbye...

    My Mom died on March 12, 2010, when I was 13 and she was 50 years old, due to a 6 year battle with breast cancer. That day I was picked up from school early I knew something had happened since the previous day she was in icu and she was quite confused since she hit her head...
    Girl1616 Girl1616 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 24, 2013

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    My Mum Died When I Was 11

    My Mum was rushed to hospital for the first time on my 11th birthday (which is in January) and I was devasted. It took weeks for them to find out what was wrong. She had Cancer. Lung Cancer. I didn't know what to do, so I just cried, for ages. She had come home by that time but...
    RavenStar12 RavenStar12 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 8, 2012

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    I was 22 when I lost my mother to cancer.

    We didn't even know she was sick. I mean, to be honest, we knew she was sick....but we never thought it was cancer. We both have asthma so it was always assumed with a cough and lung problems that it was associated with the asthma. She had gotten an x-ray in February and her...
    annamariiee annamariiee 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    My mom just passed away September 6th,

    2013. She was 46 years old and my sister and I are 18 and 24. She had moved herself into a nursing home at the hospital because by the end she was on a stomach tube and so many medications. She had lung cancer that had gone through her lymph nodes to her brain and then into her...
    Abmedo Abmedo 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 4

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    October 20th, the date will stick with me

    forever. It was only a few days before that I talked to my mum, she sounded great, her old self. However things turned for the worse and I had to make a decision that will haunt me for the rest of my life with what ifs. I remember every sound in that house that night, every...
    marcerpen marcerpen 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 26

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    I am 27, I lost my father to lung cancer 3 weeks ago he was 67, i feel so sad and alone and i feel that there's nothing to live for anymore. what breaks my heart more is that i...
    DadysGirl DadysGirl 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    I have seen both sides of it. Dad died of a heart attack out of the blue, it was his first one, random. And mind blowing. I was grown and out of the house but still when I answered...
    Tracymichelle77 Tracymichelle77 26-30 1 Response Mar 27

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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...
    Angelmarie14 Angelmarie14 18-21, F Mar 23

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    - Back in 2009 is when we first found out that my father had skin cancer but it didn't seem so serious so I wasn't so worried.. They talked about doing a surgery and after that...
    KickRocks KickRocks 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I am so destroyed, 8 months ago I lost my older sister to cancer. She was 21, she had just had her first child and was so excited to be a mother. She had a full week with her until...
    beccah1234 beccah1234 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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