Caring for a sick father while dreaming of college

By Anad Williams

Roman Catholic High School

Cancer can be one of the most challenging experiences for anyone, especially when it affects someone close to us.

For one teen who attends Motivation High School in Southwest Philadelphia, taking care of her dad with cancer has become a part of her daily life. She has taken on the role of caregiver, all while striving to pursue her dreams of going to college.

This Philly teen, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her privacy, has always been close to her dad. They were there for each other through thick and thin. However, things took a turn for the worse when her dad was diagnosed with cancer.

She was devastated by the news but remained strong for her dad.

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At the age of 18, she took on the responsibility of being his primary caregiver, ensuring that he was comfortable, had his medications on time, and was eating nutritious meals. She was determined to provide the best care possible for her dad, despite the challenges that came with it.

But she never lost sight of her own dreams. She had always had the goal of going to college, but her dad’s illness and the responsibilities that came with it made it hard to find time to do schoolwork. 

Despite the setback, she did not give up on her dreams, continuing to study hard while also taking care of her dad. Her dedication and hard work paid off, and she was able to apply to Lincoln University. She hopes to attend in the fall.

Her determination to achieve her goals and her commitment to her father make this teen a leader in her community. Her story serves as an inspiration to anyone facing difficult circumstances. Her ability to care for her dad while pursuing her dreams is a testament to the power of love and determination. She is a reminder that no matter what obstacles we may face in life, we can always find a way to overcome them.

“She’s a gem that couldn’t be polished without friction,” a close relative said about her.

This young woman’s story is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, we can find the light within ourselves to keep pushing forward. We can achieve our dreams and take care of the ones we love, no matter what life throws our way.

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