I Lost My Mother to Cancer

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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
    1 Response Dec 8, 2012

    I lost my mom a month ago to stage IV cervical

    cancer that metastasized to her liver. She was a beautiful, loving person that didn't deserve to go in such a painful way. I still don't know how to cope with this loss and so many things trigger crying and depressed feelings still. I'm taking it all one day at a time.
    AnnaLeia AnnaLeia
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 26, 2015

    My mother passed away due to cancer a year ago

    and knowing she's not here anymore is still unbearable till this day. Never in my life would i have thought she'd leave so soon, she never even got the chance to meet my baby boy, to see my little sister graduate high school or to celebrate her 25th anniversary with my dad last...
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    8 Responses Jul 16, 2015


    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
    22-25, F
    9 Responses Oct 29, 2013

    My mother Irma Horta was born March 13th 1940

    in Cuba, and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 she passed away March 7th 2016. Surrounded by her eternal love Luis Espino, and her youngest son Angel Espino, oldest son Robert Cruz, and Grandson Robert Cruz Jr.When she found out she had cancer it already had metastasized...
    AngelEspino AngelEspino
    36-40, M
    1 Response Apr 4, 2016

    My mother died of stage 4 pancreatic cancer on

    December 20, 2014 at 4 A.M. local time. Susan Henry. October 16 1936 - December 20 2014.
    L4Dartist1 L4Dartist1
    51-55, M
    9 Responses Dec 20, 2014

    R.I.P. Mum. Today it is four years

    since you were taken Home.  But I know goodbye is not forever. 
    dWizz808 dWizz808
    41-45, M
    1 Response Oct 30, 2015

    Lost my mom at 13 to Leukemia the day she was

    going to get her bone marrow transplant.Had dreams for 2 years that she was still around only to wake and realize it was only a dream.The loss of her, while it makes me sad I think has made me a stronger more independent woman for it (specially being the eldest among my siblings...
    ruyamira ruyamira
    31-35, F
    8 Responses Dec 30, 2015

    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
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Mar 4, 2014

    my mother past away in 2006.

    from brain cancer..it was life altering.ma refused to let hospice..and so I did..everything that hospice would...when she past in took 7hours for funeral home to drive from Cambridge to Fairhaven...I sat..with her the whole time.....I'll never be the same
    spk3333 spk3333
    41-45, M
    1 Response Mar 24, 2016

    5 years ago.she was very loving

    and caring.i miss her so much :(
    deleted deleted
    Nov 20, 2015

    A mother is irreplaceable.

    You will be forever in my heart mi mama. I miss you!
    charcharot charcharot
    36-40, F
    1 Response Dec 21, 2015

    she died 1 month ago

    but I promised her that I'll look after the family but I believe it's catching up on me
    garry232 garry232
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Oct 22, 2015

    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
    10 Responses Sep 17, 2007

    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
    36-40, F
    1 Response Dec 19, 2013

    My mom had a relatively short battle with cancer

    and the cancer won.. She was a mere 54 years old, WAY to young to be taken from me. It was made that much worse by the fact that I was 8 months pregnant with her first grandchild and being an only child, well that laid all the responsibility on me alone... I am scared to death...
    giggletree giggletree
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Mar 6, 2016

    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

    I lost my mother to cancer last year,

    the hardest part is that I wasn't there when she died. I didn't know that she had died until 2 weeks later.
    newbiecna newbiecna
    36-40, F
    Sep 30, 2015

    I lost my mom to cancer

    when I was 27. I miss her
    jimzane jimzane
    46-50, M
    1 Response Sep 15, 2015

    People used to tell me

    that I shouldn't be so sad, that people died and it wasn't the worst thing. Basically get over it. But losing my mom at 14 literally brought my life to an end as I knew it. It went from a family to just me and my dad (we were not close). She was the glue that held or family...
    deleted deleted
    7 Responses Feb 2, 2016


    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
    4 Responses May 27, 2013

    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
    3 Responses May 7, 2012

    Sitting here amongst my moms things,

    missing her so much. She took a piece of my heart with her. That piece always belonged to her anyway. She's in a much better place now and that piece of my heart she holds, is the link that binds us. I'm glad she took it with her, we will always be connected. I love you...
    funsized1 funsized1
    41-45, F
    1 Response Aug 9, 2015

    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
    8 Responses Jan 15, 2012

    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

    Starting way back when,

    I was a very chubby child and my friends at the Vaal dam would always bully me and call me names like "Hippo" that went on for a couple of years until I was 8 years old. My mom and I were sitting in the hospital waiting room and she looks really upset I never really knew why...
    Robsbubbles Robsbubbles
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 14, 2015

    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...
    Btimez3 Btimez3
    18-21, M
    7 Responses Nov 18, 2013

    Today is her birthday.

    She would have been 59, I lost her when I was 4 years old. I miss you mom, rest in peace.
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Oct 29, 2015

    My mother always tried to be strong all the

    while suffering and slowly dying. But I will never forget the day she broke down and said to me "I don't want to die!" And I said "I don't want you to die" and we hugged and cried. She died when I was 14.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Feb 2, 2016

    My mum died June 2015.

    Her birthday is coming up. I am howling inside. Inside of me there's this girl kicking and screaming and crying out that she wants her mummy! The pain is so consuming that it's difficult not to wince when my heart is breaking into million pieces every time I think of her. On...
    Venefica Venefica
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Feb 2, 2016

    Yesterday was my mothers funeral,

    and not a single tear fell from my eyes. I smiled for most, and even laughed. I stood up and read a piece in the church. There was over 200 people. The vicar said "we normally only get this many people at Christmas." It's not that I'm happy she is dead, although it did put an...
    Heellover Heellover
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Jan 22, 2015

    I lost my mother to breast cancer on April 28th,

    2013. With October being breast cancer awareness month, I'm finding myself missing her more than ever.
    ebonyllewis ebonyllewis
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 5, 2015

    My mom is amazing in

    so many ways...And I hate that I lost her to cancer....She is one source of my strength, motivation, and inspiration. She knows me so well that I do not need to tell her what's going on, she has the right words to tell me at the right time....She knows when I'm bad or if I'm...
    simplyme6791 simplyme6791
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Nov 29, 2015

    Today I was in a store shopping

    and saw a teenage girl and her mother (who was obviously very sick) shopping for a high school graduation dress and it broke my heart. Her mother looked just like my mother did before she died, super skinny, morphine pump in her handbag and no hair. My heart ached for her and it...
    heartsofgold22 heartsofgold22
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 25, 2014

    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...
    Diablessse Diablessse
    51-55, F
    42 Responses Jul 9, 2013

    I lost my mum from cancer 10 years ago.

    She was my rock my best friend... Life's never been the same since she left! My heart goes out to anyone who's lost a loved one from this dirty disease! It leaves a hole that can never be filled!
    notzd notzd
    41-45, M
    1 Response Dec 11, 2015

    so I made her my Angel.

    My reason to help find a cure.
    ShottyB ShottyB
    36-40, M
    Feb 19, 2016

    Mom was just 66 when she died - more from the

    treatment than from the cancer itself. She died on the 29th of February - leap day, 2008. This weekend marks eight years, and while I have adjusted to life without her - and have fewer dreams of her - I find I miss her wisdom more and more with the passing of time.
    dv8r dv8r
    51-55, M
    1 Response Feb 26, 2016

    I lost my mother to breast cancer three years

    ago. Today would have been her 77th birthday. I had a dream about her last night which I haven't done in a long time. Happy Birthday Mom.
    FlatbushGuy FlatbushGuy
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Jan 31, 2016
    johnjoseph92 johnjoseph92
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jan 18, 2016

    I had a bad relationship with my mom & couldn't

    bring myself to tell her how much I felt for her. She died thinking I didn't care.
    Bear777 Bear777
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jan 25, 2016

    Cancer was one of her health issues

    that took a huge tole on her. I also lost my father-in-law to lung cancer. My ex-wife developed breast cancer and is in remission (last I knew), my girlfriend is a 2 time ovarien cancer survivor. Praying for the day we can talk of cancer as just a memory
    Joeinkenmore Joeinkenmore
    46-50, M
    Feb 22, 2016

    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...
    gladewalker gladewalker
    56-60, M
    4 Responses Nov 12, 2013

    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
    29 Responses Sep 6, 2007

    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
    31 Responses Aug 3, 2010

    Since EP is closing soon,

    and I haven't posted my story yet, I figured now is as good a time as any. I was 21 when my mum passed away. We fought the majority of my adult life. I was selfish, and she had problems I couldn't handle. I'm 26 next month, and things have not changed all that much. I have not...
    antheaxx antheaxx
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 15, 2016

    In March of 2013. I am still not over the void

    that her passing left. I doubt I ever will be.
    Mrskatearch Mrskatearch
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Oct 26, 2015

    She was very loving and caring.

    I miss her so much :(
    bearhugs00 bearhugs00
    18-21, M
    11 Responses Feb 19, 2016

    I tried to say goodbye

    when all others had fallen apart around me, but couldn't find a meaningful thing to do
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Nov 28, 2015
    BarbieGlamour25 BarbieGlamour25
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Mar 15, 2014

    I am caring for my mother

    who is diagnosed with terminal cancer T-cell lymphoma. It is not easy to watch a person who has always been vocal, energetic and carefree. To be reduced to a weakling state of being, counting the stages and knowing how close she is nearing, has all been just a reminder that...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 30, 2015

    I lost both my parents to cancer my mother 2yrs

    ago n my dad 10 I never imagined at 31 I would be without them both
    ChrissyBug ChrissyBug
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Oct 24, 2015

    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...
    Diablessse Diablessse
    51-55, F
    1 Response Aug 31, 2013

    5 years ago.she was very loving

    and caring.I miss her so much :(
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Dec 3, 2015
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