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Eleidy
United States
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Hello, my name is Eleidy Rocha and this story is not about me but my older brother when he was diagnosed with cancer. My brother was only five years old when my mother was taking him to school in her arms because my brother did not feel good to walk to school, since they would walk to school every day because we had no access to a car. That is when my mother felt bumps on the back of my brothers head. My mother did not know what this meant but she was concerned so took him to the hospital. Even if it was just something small she felt something telling her something was wrong. With worry in her heart, she took my brother to the doctor. The doctor inspected these “bumps” on my brothers head and detected he had cancer. The doctors only told my father because they did not feel as if my mother was ready to find out that her five-year-old son had cancer. Days past by and my mother can see that my father was upset a lot after the doctors visit, and my brother got progressively worse. My father than told my mother when he felt the time was right. My mother as you’d expect was very angry and upset at the fact that she was not let known until a couple days after the doctors visit. My mother took my brother every week to the doctors to check him up. My brother was then treated with chemotherapy. My brother realized that something was wrong and constantly told my mother, “mom, please don’t let me die.” This hit my mother everyday. Let it be known my brother has stage four cancer, the highest cancer level. As months flew by my brother progressively became well the cancer was fading. Even more months flew by and now we can consider my brother cancer free! He is a survivor. Eighteen years cancer free. This is why the word needs to be spread so more people around the world can say, “I am a survivor!” 

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