Daughters of Sick Parents
"A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous."
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
Hey! My name is ChelsWhoElse, or Chelsea, whichever works!
I’ve had sick parents for as long as I can remember. In elementary school, my dad was diagnosed w/ ALS. That same year, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. After chemo, radiation, and surgery, my mom ended up fully recovering.
My dad wasn’t so lucky. He died when I was in college after 15 years with the disease, which is ironically greats as many people with ALS die after a few years. Several years later, I thought the worst was behind us but then...my mom finds out that after 17 years in remission she has cancer…again! This time it’s stage 4.
Don’t worry though - this isn’t supposed to be depressing. Since I’ve had a unique perspective of witnessing parental sickness as both a child + now as an adult, join me as I explore my thoughts + feelings giving advice, educational information and more to kids/teens/young adults who have parents with an illness. I’m not a licensed medical professional - just a real person going through a real experience. Thanks for stopping by!
So. You’ve just found out that your mom or dad is sick. Now what? When my mom told me that her cancer had come back, I instantly burst into tears. The next day I was really frustrated to the point of rage. And the day after that I just felt confused and alone.