Persuasive Essay About Cancer

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Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult, to say the least. Most individuals have lost someone important in their life, whether it be a pet, friend, or family member. My mom lost her father to leukemia when she was 37. In this essay I will discuss the journey my mom and her family went through with my grandfather while he had cancer. My grandfather was a construction worker, so he often would be working on jobs that involved dangerous situations. He worked alongside my uncle Bill, who also developed cancer around the same time. Both my grandfather and uncle were involved in a serious chemical spill at their workplace. The chemical that was spilled was known as benzene, a highly carcinogenic liquid. This chemical was absorbed into both of their skin and led to the production of the cancer. My uncle, however, did not develop leukemia. He developed osteosarcoma, cancer of the bones. He struggled with the cancer for six years and was in and out of remission. They passed away a month apart in the same year. My grandfather began to show early signs of illness when my mom was pregnant with me. Family members and close friends began to notice something wasn’t completely right. He was showing significant bruising, puffiness, and discoloration of the skin. It wasn’t until his best friend pointed out his puffiness at an event they were attending, that he realized he needed medical help. He was always a very strong man and never wanted to show signs of weakness.

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