When you first find out that you have a sick parent or relative at such a young age, your first thoughts are probably not the best. You might be scared your parent’s life will be coming to an early end. You might be mad at doctors for the diagnosis and even your parent for getting sick. You might feel lonely because most people don’t understand what you are going through and the extent of your pain.
One day you will start looking at the bright side of things. Here are just a few things I discovered when my dad was fighting cancer:
- I started understanding what sick people are actually going through. Minor or major illness, my respect for cancer patients is extremely high.
- When I was 16 years old, often times I had to act and think like a 36 year old. I matured to a degree that some adults are not even at yet.
- My family and family friends really came together at tough times. It’s sad that the time I saw my family most was during a hard time, but I am so thankful for the support. Now, I know I can go to my family or family friends for anything.
One day you will come across some of these realizations, and maybe even more. Try to look at the bright side of every situation and spread the positivity among your family and friends.