Personal Narrative: My Father With Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer

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In June 2014, my father was diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer. I had just finished my sophomore year of high school. My younger sister Samantha, had just completed her 7th grade year and had just discovered stress. Both of us had a very different idea of how our summer would be going, meaning that we didn’t expect to receive news that would be hitting our family like a semi-truck. After finding out this devastating news, I found out that if he had went to get scans earlier, his cancer wouldn’t be this developed and he would've had a better chance of being diagnosed at an earlier and less rough stage. This pushed me to want to help other families and people just like my father. If necessary scans were taken at the appropriate time, he wouldn't have to fight so hard. That’s what I want; to make patients lives easier while making it easier for their families to go through.…show more content…
Being in and around hospitals that much had a very large impact on my life. I vividly remember one night driving home from one of my softball games and he said something about his chest hurting. After about 30 minutes into the car ride, he said that his chest pains were getting worse and worse. So I dropped my sister off at his house and took him to the ER right away, no matter how many times he said “I’m fine,” or “I don’t need a hospital.” Being 16 years old and having to help your dad get admitted into the ER at midnight is something that I shouldn't have had to go through, but life has thrown me many curveballs and I’ve learned how to catch them. On top of everything that’s happened since June 2014, my parents divorced when I was 8. My parents are still very close and my mom has had a huge, positive impact on his journey to

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