Nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some shape or form. However, some of us get hit closer to home. Below are stories written by teenagers and young adults who have experienced a cancer diagnosis in the family.

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Sam’s Story

My family came together in the face of difficulty and found a way to overcome it. We all came out of it better able to help others who are in this situation.

Mikaela’s story

As crazy as this sounds, I feel blessed to have had the experience because of the level of family and friends who reached out to my family when we were in need.

Amina’s Story

My mom is my rock, but with her diagnosis, we all had to learn how to be hers.

Lucas’s Story

Though as cliché as it sounds, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sebastian’s story

Papa Pollo left me with a lesson learned: to be strong and to be understanding.

Joshua’s Story

All in all, keeping a positive outlook on the road ahead helped me personally deal with my mom’s cancer.