08 Sep The Sibling Side of the Story by Allissa age 13
Childhood Cancer is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to see someone go through but I can, hand on my heart, say that every child that’s been through this or going through this is extremely strong! I’ve always known that God gives his hardest battles to his strongest people and that is by far the truest thing I’ve heard.
I have a brother going through this and it is, hands down, the worst thing to ever watch and I promise that seeing him this way breaks me! On days he’s weak I’ve got to keep our heads up and show him positivity, keep him happy because that’s one of the only things to keep him going! On his strongest days, we’ve got to make him make memories, show him it’s OK to go out and be happy – it’s what he deserves.
Looking back on what I’ve seen over these past 8 and a half months, it has been the worst things I’ve ever had to witness. Walking through Piam Brown ward with my brother and looking around seeing children so young going through what he’s about to go through actually drains me. It hurts me. It breaks me into so many pieces. Why should anyone have to go through that? It isn’t fair, is it? Surely not?
Seeing him struggle afterwards, the side effects do affect us all as well. No way would we let him go through this by himself, maybe physically but the reality is we’ve got to do this with him as well.
We need to keep him happy!