A New Year At An Unforgettable Year

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January 1, 2016. The ball dropped at midnight like it does every year, and people around the world cheered on the coming of the new year. For most, a new year equals new opportunities, improvement, and overall, hopes for a better year than the previous one. I was one of the people that thought this on that particular New Years. 2015 hadn’t been the greatest year of my life, so that meant 2016 would have to be better. As much as I wanted that and wished it were true, it wasn’t at all. On New Year’s Day 2016, my grandpa was admitted into the hospital, and the months following were a roller coaster of highs and lows that made 2016 an unforgettable year for many not-so-great reasons. During the summer of 2015, my Grandpa Mert was diagnosed with prostate cancer. This particular type of cancer is usually very treatable and is something you just live with, so it didn’t worry our family too much. Toward the end of the year, however, things started changing. On New Years’ Day, my grandpa was admitted to the hospital for the flu, and the flu turned into pneumonia, and we found out later it was all because of his cancer. He had tried one round of chemotherapy, but the treatment made his body so weak that it couldn’t fight off other viruses, like the flu and pneumonia. He ended up staying in the hospital on and off (mostly on) for just over a month, and even had to spend his 75th birthday in the hospital. As his health progressively worsened and his body became weaker, he

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