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At the beginning of last year, my whole world changed. My aunt was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The news came as a complete shock. Although cancer is now a common word we’ve all had to familiarize ourselves with, I never imagined it would ever hit so close to home for me.
We live in a time where we probably know someone who’s gone through cancer, survived it or passed away from it. I’ve never had a personal connection to cancer until now. Finding out my aunt had stage 4 stomach cancer affected me tremendously because not only was she my favorite aunt, but she’s the one I was the closest with.
From celebrations to family get-togethers or random visits, my aunt never missed the opportunity to be around her loved ones. Her personality could light up a room! She was never shy about starting up a conversation with anyone she came in contact with. She had a heart of gold and was so generous with her time and love. No matter how busy or tired she was, she always made it a point to shower us with her affection. And food! She loved to cook. Her way of expressing her love was through her cooking. One of the many reasons why I loved her!
Sadly, eight months after she was diagnosed, my aunt lost her battle last November. I was devastated. I’ve never felt heartbreak like that before. Seeing her through the physical changes and pain was traumatic. Although it’s been three months since her passing, I still find myself sad and angry that she had to go through such a terrible disease. Sometimes life isn’t fair. I try not to question her timing, but I can’t help but wonder, why her? She was so full of life and had so much to live for.
I have to remind myself that feeling sad is not what she would’ve wanted for us. Instead, she’d want us to live as she did. Always positive and grateful. No matter what she was going through, she always had faith. I believe we should all strive to maintain that same attitude. I miss her every day, but I know she’s watching over my family and her life lessons will always be instilled in me.
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