I was always a daddy’s girl growing up. Being the youngest of three sisters, I was the one most interested in spending all my time with him. While they were with their friends or watching TV shows, I was with my daddy. Playing games, hunting, or just watching movies together, I loved every second. My parents being divorced restricted my time with him so the moments we did have I treasured. What I did not know was that my dad developed Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of nineteen. He later developed cancer in his esophagus then finally mesothelioma throughout his lungs. I was always told he was sick but I never understood to what extent. The technical terms were hard for an eight year olds mind to grasp. The only thing I knew for sure was that my dad was superman and if he was really sick you would never guess it. That all changed after I got called to the counselor’s office one Friday morning. As I walked blissfully down the hallway I tried to contemplate what I was getting called in for. I opened the door and in front of me stood my aunt, uncle, mother, and both of my sisters. At first I was ecstatic to see my family but after observing their swollen red eyes and hearing their shaky voices I knew something was wrong. My aunt proceeded to tell me that my father had gone to Heaven t...
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As I have grown older and have begun understanding life on a more profound level, I now know that this tragedy did not ruin my life. They actually did the opposite. I have grown wiser and stronger. I refuse to use the death of my father as a crutch. Instead it is my motivation to be the best I can be at everything. My life journey and all of its obstacles has taught me more than I could have learned with a smooth sailing life. The waves that have knocked me down only made me stronger when I got back up. I am not the strongest, prettiest, or the smartest, nor will I ever be, but I give everything I have to be the best I possibly can. My family, hard work, and dedication have helped me through the strenuous and tragic events that have taken place in my life. It has formed me into the person I am today which will help me be successful in the future.
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