The “C” word strikes again

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 14, 2014 in Family Stuff |

What’s the “C” word?

If you’ve ever dealt with the “C” word, you know what it is.

Cruel? Clinical? Coarse? Concealed? Conflicting? All of those things.

How can cancer strike one family twice in one year?

Let me back up…

I posted that my brother Ken was diagnosed with lung cancer back in 2011. He lost his brave battle in August of 2013 at the young age of 40.

A few months before we lost my brother Ken, my father Ken was diagnosed with a malignant mole on his back. Melanoma. Only on the surface, but likely to spread.

How does one deal with your own cancer when you are about to lose your son?

Fast forward to August of 2014 – one year after losing my brother. My father’s melanoma has metastasized. Lungs. Adrenal gland. Spine. Liver. Brain.

The gnarly weed is back for its next victim.

I can’t even begin to understand how this could possibly happen. All I can say is that it’s bad. On top of bad. On top of bad.

My father is still grieving the loss of his son. My mother is still mourning the loss of her only boy.

How much fight can one family have left?

Love you, Dad.  I’ll be here every step of the way.

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