Time cut short...
I was two when my mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer. I knew that her two sister, my aunts, along with her dad, my grandfather had died of cancer of different sorts at young ages. I had no idea what was to come for my own family. My mom was inremission when My oldest sister was complaing of a pain in her leg while getting ready for her softball game, she was 12 at that time and I still have a mental picture of this. I was only 6 at the time. Low and behold my sister's pain was bone cancer, there began the long hospital stays, horrible chemo stints, and overall upheavel of any normalacy in my family. She recovered from her bone cancer until it returned in the form of leukemia when she was 14. My sister gave her a bone marrow transfer which was successful but the chemo she had received in 1994 was so harmful to her young body that she ended up dying at 16 in 1998 from the flu, her heart was too weak.
My family was never the same but it changed a lot more when my mom was told her cance had returned and probably when she was caring for my sister. There began her battle with her enemy for the second time. My mother fought cancer for 16 years and died at the age of 42 at my family home. This was 5 years after my sisters death.
So here I was a 16 year old in highschool trying to live without the rock of my family. My two other older siblings were in college by my moms death so i lived with my dad who was my best friend. One night two years after my moms death my father went to the er for a headache. The did a body scan and found cancer throughout his whole body, he died about 3 months later in Hospice. Needless to say it was fast and tragic.
During the same time my dad was sick my other sister who gave the transplant was diagnosed with cancer. She is a nurse and went for genetic testing. we found out that my family has a syndrome that only 200 families in the entire world have called Li-Freumeni, or basically the inability to fight cancer cells. This was told to me in a casual phone call. My sister since then has had cancer twice. She got married last week but her future along with all of ours is anything but stable. It doesnt help that due to all the loss my relationship with my only two siblings left is unhealthy and damaged. I am truly sorry to everyone posting dealing with loss, it is truly the most difficult thing to deal with and a daily struggle affecting so many aspects of our lives. There is a reason we are all still here though, or so i like to believe.