Coping with Cancer

You never think it will happen to you or your loved one. But sometimes, it does.

My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001. In less than a year, she passed away. My mother never smoked and neither did any family member of ours. Her doctor said that she was among the less than 1% who get lung cancer even without a smoking history.

My mother was only 59. It depends whether you or your loved one is older than her, but to me and our family, we thought she was still not that old to die. We always thought that she would be much older when she would pass away. After all, her parents went on to their 70s and 80s. Mother died ahead of her mother, our sturdy (albeit with arthritic legs) grand mother.

Other than our faith in God to see us through as we made doctor visits, the chemo sessions and the up-and-down emotional swings that my Mother and we, her family faced, it was the presence, the practical help and the encouragement of family and friends which helped us through those very challenging times. So in this trying time of your life, don’t keep it all to yourself or to your family. This is the time to enlist the help of others. You need other people with you now more than ever.

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