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Living with Leukemia Childhood cancer is a topic most teens dont think much about People dont until it invades their own home Leukemia often referred to as cancer of the blood can infect children to adults This disease totally disrupts lives not only of the patient but also of those closest to him or her including the siblings My boyfriends mother Yvette Rozati unfortunately had to go through this when she was seventeen Nan her younger sister fought and lost the battle of Leukemia Yvette now shares her experiences with me and how she coped with having a sibling suffering from this disease Yvette is very quiet and reserved as she sits down to tell her story She begins slowly while she thinks back on her childhood memories I can tell this is a subject she does not talk about much Nan was thirteen when she was diagnosed with leukemia Yvette had trouble answering when I asked her if Nan or the family saw any warning signs When she found the right words she replied she became to get really sick we didnt know what it might be Nan was put into the ICU at the hospital while doctors tried to figure out what was wrong There were some warning signs that we noticed but did not put two and two together Nan would bruise very easily and she had gum disease forming in her mouth When the family had first heard the news that Nan was diagnosed with Leukemia they were all in shock Yvette began to talk more softly and looked down at her hands a lot There was much pain in her face as she began to talk about her initial reaction to Nans diagnosis She was not very familiar with the disease and always believed her sister would get better Yvette treated her sisters sickness like a cold assuming it was curable Never realizing how serious
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