Humans of MakeSpace -
Receiving unexpected bad news is never easy, especially when it relates to a loved one. It can take you on a roller coaster of emotions. In my case, having had both parents diagnosed with cancer approximately the same time was absolutely devastating. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and my father with Leukemia (CML). My mother died after 6 months of treatment. My father died 8 months later. Losing both parents in the same year has changed me forever. Despite outward appearances, I was broken as something shifted inside of me. This great loss left me feeling like a ship floating about without an anchor. I felt as though I was no longer anyone’s daughter. As painful as loss can be, you never get over it but you will get through it. It is like your life is one jigsaw puzzle and one of the main pieces has been removed. No matter how much you rearrange the pieces, they just never fit quite the same. In this life, everything must change to assure our growth. Our parents were placed in our lives to assure we rise to our greatest potential.
I will always consider myself blessed as I had the privilege of taking care of them during their brave fight against this devastating disease. My time with them afforded me the opportunity to show how much I truly loved them. Nothing was left unsaid as they both passed on in peace Alhamdulillah.
So, my dear sisters and brothers parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving. If you have parents that love you and are there for you, feel blessed and let them know you love them because you never know when they'll be gone.