As kids we recognize that cancer exists but we believe we areinvincible such disease and it will never infect us. I did not know the exacteffects of cancer, but still I had an unpromising feeling about it. The subjectwas previously mentioned in school: the disease was caused by an uncontrollabledivision of irregular cells in the body that can spread to other organs andtissues. I still had some sense of innocence that this disease would neverinfect us.Though on October of 2011, my dad and mom came to me and saidthe most devastating word I have ever heard in my life: cancer.
I still do notunderstand how they found the strength to say such upsetting news so calmly. Somehowmy mom’s cancer made me stronger. When a member of the family gets cancer, it’slike everyone has the disease. Because it is so weakening and painful, itchanges the family dynamics. For awhile, I hoped if did not acknowledge the disease, it would not exist. Ifelt as if I was stuck in an infinite loop of the same nightmare, and everydayI kept expecting to wake up.
Throughout the next year, I began to rely more on myself andless on my parents. Likewise, whenever my mother needed me to do a chore forher, I would quickly drop what I was doing. All of a sudden, it seemed as if Iwas in charge of the house. It was a great feeling of accomplishment andself-worth.Those years were hard on all of us.Still, because of those years I have grown into the person I am today.
I nowrealize that life is short. No one on this planet can live indefinitely.Because of those years when I had to grow both mentally and emotionally. Inthe realm of possibility, anything can happen, but it is the perception thatmakes a difference. Cancer is a learning experience, and it taught me toappreciate life. It led me to an understanding that this word we fear,cancer, can be overcome by courage.