Dad You are in my Heart Forever

by Chris
(Brooklyn, New York)

I was 15 when I found out that my dad had cancer (Stomach Cancer) and i didn't really know what to think of it because i really didn't know what was going on. He had surgery in the spring of 2011 and went to chemotherapy. I remember him coming home from therapy and all tired and had very little energy. Everything was fine for a while but about a year later he had a lymph node blocking his liver from working lie normal. He became very ill and yellow from all the waste in his body. He had surgery for that soon after. He couldnt do chemo though because he was too weak and was not eating enough so he didnt have strength. I remember going from hospital to hospital with my mom and my brother. He eventually stood at LICH and was in ICU. The cancer came back and eventually took over and he died in late July at the age of 59. Ever since then i have realized that i did not just lose a parent, i lost a friend. My father did everything for my family. I remember every Saturday he would wake me and make sure i am ready for my football or rugby game and especially make sure i was excelling in school. He even drove to Virginia to watch a tournament my team was in for a sport he did not even follow. My dad was my role model and he put everyone's needs before his own. Sometimes when i walk into the living room i still think my dad would be there sitting on the couch watching the Met game. I think about you everyday dad and i would be lucky to be half the father you were.

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Jul 04, 2013
Dad You are in my Heart Forever
by: Doreen U.K.

Chris I am sorry for your loss of your Dad to cancer. It will be a very hard time for you losing a father at such a tender age. I lost my husband to cancer 14 months ago. it is a most dreadful disease to die from. My husband got his cancer from Asbestos and his cancer was incurable so he was terminal from diagnosis but still had Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy to buy him time. His cancer was rare and aggressive. He had a terrible cancer journey. so I have 3 children all adults now who lost a father. It is a horrible place to be right now. You will need a lot of support and mentoring from perhaps an uncle or grandfather to help you through those next years of nurturing. I wish you well in life and hope that in the days and months ahead you will find your grief easier to cope with.

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