In our world, there is a lethal disease that can strike anyone of any age at any time. If you
have the disease, it can be treated or it could be non-treatable. Some of victims of this disease
will die a slow and painful death while others might go sooner. It’s a disease that can come back
to a person’s body multiple times even after it has been treated. The disease of course is cancer,
and it is a world wide battle to combat and find a cure for this awful and painful disease.
Reading some of these survivor stories, I got a real sense of what it’s like to personally
live through this disease whether it is yourself or someone else close to you. Of course I don’t actually know what it’s like to go through the pain of having cancer and the mental trauma that it causes friends and family of a loved one who has been stricken with the disease, but after reading some of the stories I can only imagine.
The first story I read was from parents of a young child who had been stricken with the disease. Barbara and Steven’s son, Joshua got diagnosed with cancer at the age of seven. This is a very young age to deal with having a lethal disease attacking your body not only for the child who is stricken with it but also the parents. Being that the child is so young, it’s an extra burden on the parents to take care of the child. Once he was treated for the disease, the mental mindset of having cancer set in. The disease not only ate away at Josh’s body but also on the family as a whole. I never realized how much strain is put on the parents. The anxiety that they were feeling can’t be matched. Every time they went for treatment or even a routine follow-up exam, the anxiety built. Not knowing what was going to come out of it was probably the hardest thing. The family has since moved on and has gotten closer together than ever. Cancer tried to tear their family apart but it only brought them closer together.
The next story is different because it is from a single person who survived cancer when she was 18 years old. Tenise was diagnosed with lymphoma when she was 18. Her life changed dramatically. All of the things that she was able to do while she was in her first year of...