Mildred’s Stomach Cancer Story
What do you do when you find out someone you’ve shared your whole life with, is diagnosed with cancer? Siblings are the people who you grow up with, who have your back, and who you can always go to. Gabriela shared with us her story with her sister, Mildred, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She opened up about Mildred’s stomach cancer story, as well as advice for others who are going through cancer with someone they love.
Gabriela started from the beginning, sharing the moment when she received Mildred’s diagnosis, “When Mildred’s husband called me to tell me that it was stomach cancer it instantly broke my heart. Our mother & grandmother both died of stomach cancer and to have history repeat itself felt so cruel and unfair. Our mother was only 36 when she passed away. Mildred is 41.”
When going through this awful disease, more battles, and more hardships build up. Gabriela shared her greatest hardship when facing stomach cancer with her sister, “Seeing my sister go from a successful independent woman who loved to eat & support her family to a weak person that cannot eat because of the pain. ”
So how do you get through the hardships? Support. Finding comfort in support and love makes the battle seem less like an unclimbable mountain. Gabriela shared the comfort and support she has during this fight, “It brought the family back together. Established a better & closer relationship with her loved ones. Many childhood friends have made such an effort in visiting her and bringing her meals that she is able to eat.”
Another way to maintain hope and motivation is by having a quote, inspirational saying, or scripture. Gabriela shared with us her form of inspiration, “The last words from the ‘Footprints in the Sand’ prayer. The Lord replied, ‘My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.'”
Gabriela also shared advice for others, as they face challenges of their own with loved ones battling cancer, “Know that you are not alone, you are loved by many and your strength & will to fight makes you the greatest fighter in the world.”
Communities are willing to help if you reach out and let them. Gabriela and Mildred have received help through GiveForward, as well as through the love and support of their friends and family. Gabriela shared, “There have been many acts of kindness from my family, friends, former coworkers, etc. Everyone’s gratitude, love, prayers, & support have been such a blessing. I am very thankful for every good deed made in effort to comforting my sister in one way or another.”
If you would like to learn more about Gabriela and Mildred’s battle with stomach cancer story, you can check out Mildred’s GiveForward page here.