Cancer Poem by Teens

I'm 14 and This is a poem I wrote about my experience when my dad had cancer two years ago.

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The first time anything happened that gave us a clue was my dad had a seizure in November 2012. I also found out I was pregnant that month Dec. he had his first surgery. In January they found …

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© Jade E. Mcnullen

Published: Feb 2010

Daddy, Don't Be Scared

Awaiting the news, we feared the worst and hoped for the best.
Life was about to put my family through an unforgettable test
Mom came in, evidence on her face, that daddy wasn't okay
"daddy has cancer" mom cried "we won't see him for a couple of days"

I didn't sleep that night, that night was one of the worst
I have never been to a funeral before, and I feared daddy's would be my first
I cried myself to sleep, and little did I get
I wasn't ready too lose my only father yet

After the surgery, I visited Daddy, and I don't mean to be rude
But seeing him like this scared me, he looked like a skeleton decorated in tubes
It was exceptionally difficult not to cry, but I tried oh so hard
I walked over, hugged Daddy tight, and handed him my home-made card

It said: Daddy I hope you get well soon, I know you'll be okay
It's okay to be scared, we'll visit you everyday.
And when you get home, things will change, we won't ever fight, it's true.
Daddy never give up, keep on fighting...
I never want to lose you.

As his eyes scanned across the page, tears welled up in his eyes.
That was the first day I've ever seen my Daddy cry.
We hugged for forever, cried together, and quickly did time pass.
I never wanted to stop saying "I love you" for fear it would be the last.

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  • by Makenzie, West Virginia
  • 1/12/2014

The first time anything happened that gave us a clue was my dad had a seizure in November 2012. I also found out I was pregnant that month Dec. he had his first surgery. In January they found out it was stage 4 brain cancer he started treatment in February, the day before I found out what I was having which was a little girl. I was due July 16 and feared my dad would never see her, never meet her and never be there to help when I needed him because this was my first baby! I ended up having her a month early due to preeclampsia and had her on June 11. My dads birthday is June 11 also and she has a red stop on her forehead that's shaped just like a heart and my dad says it's because god thought she was so special she was born on my dad's birthday and he knew she would be loved.

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  • by Coleen
  • 12/17/2013

Hey! Thank you Jade, for sharing your poem on this website. I used your poem and gave credits to you as the author. It gave me a perfect score in a performance task in school.

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  • by Morecambe
  • 12/3/2013

My grandma died of cancer in 2012 she had her last breath in my arms. I was so upset and my family said I was the lucky one because I was the one who had her last breath on me we took her best clothes and dressed her in them for her funeral and I was also the first person to put soil over her coffin and I remember she had a dog called and it died and it used to sleep on my bed and ever since my grandma died I still feel that the dog sleeps on my bed because I can feel it moving

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  • by Ashlynd Faith Quincy Il
  • Oct 2013

I lost my grandpa on August 30, this year at 7 a.m and the next day my grandma died and they both had the same cancer they had at least nine cancers in their bodies and that week my cousin that was 21 died and my great grandpa and my other grandma. Honestly I don't think someone that is just 14 should loose that much in 1 week and they all died the first week when my school started so I just want to say everyone needs to keep their heads up it will be ok I promise. Just think you are not saying goodbye you are just saying see you later..

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  • by Ashlynd Wetzel, Quincy
  • Oct 2013

You can fly, you're an angel in the sky even though it's about time to say good bye, I'm saying I love you know and I love you then, Grandpa Steve don't forget you are my best friend!

R.I.P Grandpa Steve

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  • by Gigi, Sussex County, New Jersey
  • Jul 2013

This poem made me cry. I'm 16 years old and I lost my dad on March 18th of this year. He had lung cancer and tumors in his lungs. He got sick very fast and he went to quick. I cried on my birthday which was in April because I knew he wouldn't be there when I turned 16. It was so hard to see him so sick and weak that it just broke my heart. I miss him everyday and I wish he could just be here with me. I know that he is watching over me but I just wish he could be right next to me and just tell me stories. I wish I could of told him how much he meant to me and how much I loved him. How proud I was of him and how thankful I am of him. I miss him more and more everyday.

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  • by Genevieve, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 2013

Jade, I thought this was a brilliant and honest poem. I'm 17 and my dad has had cancer twice, prostate and bowel. He went through radiation, chemo pills, chemo dripper and surgery and I sympathize with you. I'm so sorry about your dad, but this is a, as stated previously, wonderful poem.

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  • by Sydney, Alberta, Canada
  • Sep 2012

I'm 12 and my dad is currently fighting pancreas, live, and spleen cancer. He has started chemotherapy lately but it will only prolong it, he has about six months to like so I completely understand this. Especially the I love you part and to those who have people fighting cancer or you yourself are, don't give up on them. Make sure they know you love them.

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  • by Torie
  • Mar 2012

I'm 17 and I lost my grandma to pancreatic cancer last year. It was the hardest thing I've ever been through. When I saw her for the first time in the hospital, I thought we had the wrong room. I didn't even recognize her, she was so skinny and pale. She looked like a corpse and I could see every bone in her body. She was at 70 something pounds, and that was her best day. We would visit her almost everyday in the hospital. Day by day we were just watching her die. She got worse and worse, and all the doctors had to say was bad news. She suffered so much. I tried to stay strong, but it got to the point where I couldn't see her anymore without crying. I just couldn't see her suffer anymore.

One day when we were on the way to the hospital, I prayed to God that we would get into a car accident so I wouldn't have to see her. We were at the intersection right before the hospital and a guy hit us from behind. It was a very low impact, but my mom called the police. It took about 30 minutes for them to come out there. And there was no damage on either car. Not a single scratch or ding! By the time everything was done,we had other things to do and we didn't have to see her. I don't believe for a second that it was a coincidence. My mom hasn't gotten into a crash in 20 years and there was not damage on either car. God helped me a lot that day. I will never forget it.

To all those struggling through cancer, I am truly sorry. It's impossible to understand what its like until you've gone through it. It's crazy what cancer does to a person. But try to stay strong. It will be okay. Try to have hope even when everything is at its worst, because that's when you need it the most. Just take in every moment, because you never know what will happen. Cancer sucks and its not fair, but that's just the way life is sometimes. Good luck with everything and God bless!

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  • by Jessica, San Diego Ca
  • Dec 2011

I'm also 14. I experienced the same, two years were I saw my dad die slowly day by day. There's many things I regret and one of them is not believing that the tears coming out of his eyes were real, that his end was close. It's been almost a year that he passed away and my pain is only getting bigger. I love your poem:-)

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  • by Rahnie Bateman
  • Oct 2011

Such a Sweet poem that made me cry, My dad died on the 29/9/2011 and I understand every part about being a little scared. It so sad that cancer takes away the good people that we love. I wish I could have had more time with my dad but I am happy he is out of pain. Great poem.

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  • by Elaine Louch
  • Sep 2011

What a beautiful poem. I lost both my parents to cancer.
It's so wonderful that you could let your father know how much he was loved. That is so important. I wish I had been able to tell my parents that more often. I pray that somehow they know how much I loved them and that I think of them everyday...and always will. Thanks for sharing your poem.

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  • by Premila
  • Sep 2011

I am the youngest in my family after my 2 brothers, today I am 33 but there are all scenes of my life like they just happened yesterday. My parents had a wish to have there 3rd child a girl, so here I was bringing all the joy to them. My daddy named me Premila after his name Prem which means love and Premila he used to say came from love. He was my best friend. I lot my mum 12 years back and tomorrow 13th Sep will make 2 years that I lost my daddy. I miss them both so much, they gave me everything that I needed but I could not fulfill my dreams to give them enough. Each day I think of them, and I miss them. All those whose parents are there with you, my request is if you can do the maximum to keep them happy, its a joy that you will feel when they are not present, capture all the opportunity you can get to give them happiness, because when they are not there it hurts, and it is too late to think that "Wish I had done this, wish I had said this" All the best.

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  • by Teresa, New York
  • Sep 2011

I was 29 years old with three kids of my own when I struggled with my mom and her cancer. When I lost her I felt like a lost child. I still do sometimes . I lost my dad 2 years ago to cancer also. It is a horrible disease. It eats away at you and everyone around you. Just remember your parents love you, respect and love them always. Be strong and good luck.

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  • by Kentucky
  • Aug 2011

WHY???? 13 years old, young and full of life, and one day that all changed.. I had to grow up real fast.. a knock on the door to say that Reny was missing and to find out she was brutally taken out of this world... years of coping and grieving and trying to just make sense of it.. then 22 years later a phone call that Mom was not going to pull through from an unexpected Heart attack.. and another few years of sadness, loneliness, and coping and grieving.. then life was getting a little easier. moving on from all the pain one day took a routine Doctor visit with the only parent I have left, to find out stage 4 lung cancer!.. Oh wow now here I am in the middle of this again.. Losing Dad, scared and trying not to be selfish enough to ask God to keep him here longer than his body and mind is able.. I trusted in God before and he has brought me through, so my only choice is to trust in him once more to make sense of all this sadness and tragedy.. Why?

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  • by Holly, Arizona
  • Jun 2011

I am only 12, soon to be 13. I lost my father October 30,2010 at 4:00 am. It was the worst day of my life. The day before I went to go see him and I couldn't even stay there. He looked dead already. It left me heart-broken. This poem brought tears to my eyes. Even to just remember that horrible day brings tears to my eyes. I love this poem!!!

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  • by Neshaa, Malaysia
  • May 2011

I shed tears when I read this...My mum is fighting of this illness too.. I was devastated the first time I got to know this.. I didn't expect it to be coming... But now thank God she's safe.. God Bless Everyone With Cancer Out There... Don't be afraid... Be strong.. Fight back for your family... They need you...

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  • by Pickens County Ga.
  • Apr 2011

This stories has really touched my heart my dad had been fighting brain and lung cancer for 3 years now but he is a champion and a fighter but he is in the hospital right now fighting a blood infection I ask god everyday to please find a cure. God bless each and every one of you that has family or friend that are or are still fighting for this battle

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  • by Kaitlyn Spurlock, Ohio
  • Mar 2011

I lost my dad 2 years ago to cancer and it was hard not to cry reading this poem. Everyday I visited my dad at the hospital after school. one day I decided to stay home and catch up on some homework. the next day my daddy died and I never got to say good-bye or give him one last hug. I regret that day because now I'm stuck with a memory of the last night I saw him and he just looked at me, because at that point I don't think he knew I was there or even who I was. I still wonder if his last memory was me...never even saying good-bye....

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  • by Michelle, Horley
  • Feb 2011

I shed tears reading this poem, as I have lost three siblings to this horrible illness, my brother died Christmas day 2010 and to top all that I had breast cancer but thank god I'm still here, god bless all the people that have cancer and of course their families as well

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  • by Jena, Miami
  • Feb 2011

I lost my father to cancer 8 years ago and today my grandmother is fighting for her life with cancer as well. This poem brings back all the feelings and experiences I've gone through and felt back then with my dad. Now I am having the same feelings with my grand mother.

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I lost my nana to Cancer 4 years ago when I was 16 so I totally understand you! What a lovely poem! It brought a tear to my eye xxx

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  • by Amber, CA
  • Dec 2010

I recently lost my father to cancer on September 26th, 2010. I'm also 14 and the experience was horrible. your poem brought me to tears. I'm very sorry. To all the patients with fighting cancer, your loved by many, keep your head up.

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