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Last summer my cousin and I were enjoying a meal with our families in China. It’s been 7 years since I last saw my cousin. We are about the same age and my favorite memory of her was celebrating her 11th birthday. I remember my uncle and aunt sitting to my right and my grandparents sitting to my left singing happy birthday as she blew out her candles. It has been so long I almost couldn’t recognize her when I arrived at the airport 2 weeks prior. My mom receives a call and leaves the room to pick up her phone. She comes back 10 minutes later in tears. She breaks the news to the family and that our trip would be cut short. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the following week, we pack up our bags and head out to the airport. She had to start treatment as soon as possible. I knew I would become the man of the house to take care of my mother and brother, who has autism, while my dad worked in New York.
The plane ride home was quiet but I was full of emotion. I was mad that my comfortable lifestyle was in jeopardy. I had grown accustomed to living off my parents and having them do everything for me. I didn’t even know how to use the washer and dryer, let alone cook and be held responsible for 2 human beings. I was stubborn and didn’t want to change my way of living. I asked myself, “what did I do to deserve this?” I felt pity for myself and honestly, I was selfish. I wasn’t ready to accept new responsibilities so soon. I was short tempered and constantly complained

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