Cancer. I’m pretty sure that most of you are familiar with this word. Most of you probably know someone who has or used to have it. Maybe some of you, dear readers, have suffered from it yourselves.
It’s a scary and dangerous disease that can harm you or even kill you. It brings with it suffering, pain, long and complicated medical treatments and sometimes side effects like hair loss from the Chemotherapy.
I know someone who has cancer – my grandfather.
Many people might think I’m going to cry my heart out about it. But I’m not. I’m just going to talk about it. I’m here to send a message to other people who know people who have cancer. I’m here to tell you it will be ok and to not lose hope. Stay close to people who love you and will carry you through the darkest times.
My grandfather, who basically raised me, now needs me to be with him, and of course I’m there for him. I can’t say that it’s easy or that I’m not afraid, but fear is natural in this situation.
The main thing is don’t lose hope. Your strength and hope will help you through it.
My grandfather took care of me while my parents worked and studied hard to provide for the family. He taught me to distinguish between right and wrong, he taught me what kindness, love and hard work mean and he told me to “always believe and dream!”
My grandfather is a medical miracle, most of the people who have lung cancer die after five or six years. Once, my father took him to a very prestigious doctor who checked him and told my father that he’s seen only three other people (I believe) who outlived the statistics, and that he was one of them. He’s been living with cancer for ten years.
First, I was really proud, but after a time it was just as worse as dying. The big question was: for how long will he suffer?
It took me a long time to write this article because I was really busy and my grandfather’s health has been deteriorating. He’s getting help from the state, but despite all the help he is still suffering and it’s really sad to see him like that.
I’m trying to stay optimistic like most Israeli people do when times are hard. I’m getting a lot of support from my friends (I love you guys) and I hope everything will turn out for the best.