Here is a guest blog from my classmate, Chelsea. Check out her blog here: http://dowlin28.newmediadl.com/
Three Things I Learned About Cancer Through My Parents
When I was in 8th grade my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, she had a quick recovery and entered remission less than a year after her diagnosis. When I was in 9th grade my dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. And luckily for him, too, less than a year after his diagnosis, he was in remission. As unfortunate as this is, I learned a lot about cancer. Here are three things I learned throughout my parents’ battles:
1. Stay positive… It is so important to have a positive outlook. Negative thoughts bring negative vibes and emotions. I helped my parents throughout this by keeping a positive attitude and was always there for them.
2. Be open… Don’t be scared to talk about it. Talk about your fears and ask questions. It showed them that I cared and wanted to learn more so I could help them.
3. Be supportive… I learned that there is an entire army of people who are fighting cancer. People who aren’t diagnosed with cancer are all warriors who want to help their loved ones defeat the cancer. I remember participating for Race for the Cure, Light the Night for Lymphoma and Relay for Life. Talking to survivors, husbands, wives, children and grandparents of people who have fought cancer was unlike anything I have ever experienced. Their stories and words are encouragement were so encouraging, creating such a positive ambiance.