Thursday, October 11, 2012


What is cancer? Why does it exist? Why do some people get it and some don't? Why do some people get it and survive and some don't? Why cant they find a cure for such a horrible thing?  These are all questions i'm sure alot of people wonder... and lately they are things I am wondering.

This picture is of two very important people in my life. My Gmama and my Gpa!  They were there the day I was born and have watched me grow into the person I am today. I have so much fun spending time with my Grandparents unlike most Grandchildren. I consider my Gmama and Gpa to be "hip" Grandparents. They are up with all the newest technology (well try to), and try to sound interested in the things that interest us as individuals.  I have to admit I got pretty lucky with both sets of Grandparents that I have.

A little while ago I did a small post about how my Gpa wasn't feeling the best. My Gpa has been recently diagnosed with cancer and is now in his battle to fight of this horrible disease. He has been in the hospital for about a week and a half now and I have been there every single day to keep him company. No matter what time of the day I always make sure I show up at least once a day. I have always considered myself to be fairly close with my Grandparents but I have found that I have become even closer to them since we have started this battle. 

I have talked individually with both my Gmama and Gpa about what the situation is and what to expect in the future. My Gpa has expressed his concerns and what he is feeling as well as my Gmama. As a family we have talked about the ups and downs that we are all going to experience and that talking about it is going to help everyone out. 

From going up to the hospital every day the hospital is starting to feel like a second home to me and my family. I am really getting to know a different side of my Grandpa that I never really noticed before of took for granted I guess. My Gpa has an amazing sense of humor. No matter if he is feeling upset, or down he is always ready to make you laugh. He cracks the funniest jokes while we are taking in the hospital you cant help but laugh. His smile makes you realize that hes alright even though you know hes not feeling 100% and last but not least the advice that man gives out is amazing! He really makes your realize all of the options you have in life.

My  Grandpa has been extremely strong in the battle so far but my Gmama is someone who needs some recognition as well. She has been holding everything together perfectly. She comes into that hospital every single day with a smile on ready to bring on the days ups and downs. With going through what we are I am realizing how much my mom is like my Grandma.  They have the same drive to get things finished. When my Grandma has something on her mind its going to get done and she isn't going to stop until its finished. I really look up to my Grandma in this situation because someone who is so close to my Grandpa is holding it together so well. Grandma I love you and I am here for you always!

We have a long road ahead of us as an entire family to stand by my Gmama's and Gpa's side and help them fight this cancer and make it out alright. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers to help us fight. 

If my family is reading this we can get through this. Gpa your doing awesome! Keep fighting! Just keep in mind the picture above. This is something we can push through as a family.



It really is the most awful thing to watch someone you love fighting for their life and in so much pain. You are doing the best thing by just being there. Your GMama and mom are a lot alike, I see that too, they are both very strong women. Kind of like super glue! I am keeping your Gpa and family in my thoughts every day!

Louise (Mamilou)

Beautifully said Amanda. So sorry to hear about this turn of events. Your grandpa and your whole family will be in our prayers. Stay strong and positive. You can do it. If your grandparents can still keep smiling for you, you can keep smiling for them regardless how hard the day is.

Will be thinking of you, your mom and your grandparents.... Hugs