Essay 1- Narrative
Saying Goodbye Is Never Easy
Losing someone close to you is one of the most challenging life experiences. Saying Goodbye to a loved one is never easy, to say the least. I remember very clearly the day I was faced with having to say goodbye to my Grandmother. She had been diagnosed with Bone Cancer, three months earlier. Hearing about her diagnosis was only the beginning of the battle. Coping with the news of cancer, taking care of her, and saying goodbye were three very difficult journeys.
I still remember it was August 12, 2010 when my mom called me hysterically crying. My heart had dropped the moment I heard the pain in my mother’s voice. I knew something was terribly wrong. She had called to tell me that her mother, my grandmother, had been diagnosed with bone cancer. I couldn’t believe this was happening to one of the sweetest women I had ever met in my life. I was instantly consumed with a flood of emotions. I was so devastated to know that she was going to face such a hard and painful journey. My grandma was already legally blind, diabetic, and dealing with the process of aging; adding this to her stream of health issues wasn’t a good thing. I knew she was going to lose the last bit of independence that she still had.
Within a few weeks, the cancer had made my grandma rely on assistance for many activities of daily living. Our family had decided to hold a meeting to discuss different options of help for her. I had decided that since I was a STNA and had many years’ experience taking care of elders, I was going to step up and offer my assistance. I couldn’t imagine having to put my grandma in a nursing home. I stood up and told my family that I was willing to quit my job to be her caregiver. They all appreciated my gesture, and I began to take care of her through the week. My aunts and my mom were going to be taking care of her on the weekends. We didn’t...