Who Changed My Life? Essays
Beep! beep! beep! It is a sound you will hear in any hospital room - that was the sound my family and I heard every Thursday morning for eight years. Cancer is a word that no one wants to hear. It is a word that brings hope, anger, denial, and fear. Cancer - cancer changes your life. You learn what is important, not to waste your time, and to tell people you love them.
One week in August, my family and I spent countless hours at Stanford-Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital watching Edward suffer in pain and receive all kinds of treatments and drugs in and out of his hospital room. It finally came to the point where he knew that he did not have much time left. We spent every single waking moment with him; we did everything from watching movies to reading books out loud, coloring to listening to music. We would listen him talk about what he wanted his funeral services to be like, and he would tell us that everything was going to be okay. He would encourage us not to worry or be sad. Edward had always been the kind of person who always put others first despite all the pain he faced and suffered. It is one of the things I admire most about him and the greatest reason he became the most influential person in my life.
One early Friday morning, we received a phone call from my dad telling us that we need to come back to the hospital. I could feel the tears coming down my cheeks. I just wanted to explode at any moment. Hearing his final words was a moment in…