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    nathalinerp
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    Cancer has affected my family in a great deal. Especially on my mother’s side. Mom has a large family, being the 7th child out of 12. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 43, her younger sister was diagnosed at age 37. Another aunt, age 63, was diagnosed with endometrial cancer this past February. My grandpa (maternal side as well) passed away of Pancreatic cancer in 2004.

    These experiences and knowledge definitely changed the family dynamic. Having this familial history of cancer is in no doubt terrifying. I have three sisters and a brother. The chances of one of us developing cancer is frightening, but we remain strong, smart, and resilient.

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    nathalinerp
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    I was in the 5th grade when I learned that my mom had breast cancer.

    I couldn’t fully grasp what was going on at the time because I was so young. No one really explained it to me, but all I knew was cancer was bad because it made mommy and daddy sad. All the grownups kept a strong front, but I could still see the sadness in their faces. With financial problems, finding out my grandpa was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer, and everything else going on, I didn’t want to add on to their problems, so I had to grow up.. fast.

    I did everything I could to be a good kid. I got excellent grades and worked extra hard on my homework so mom didn’t have to help me anymore. I stopped playing outside after school with the neighbor kids so I could come home to tidy up. I made sure that everything was clean and organized all day, every day (reflecting now, I’m pretty sure that’s how my OCD started). I joined band in middle school and learned to play the clarinet because music made my mom happy. I never received detention or got in to any sort of trouble because I was a quiet kid and never talked back.

    I did everything to make my mom happy because that’s what I believed would make her cancer go away. And hey, it worked. As of 2016 she has been cancer free for 10 years.

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