It was as if the world had been drained of all noise. When I first heard that sentence, “you have cancer”, everything went silent. I barely remember that time, except for the feeling of numbness the words left in their wake.
My mum was in the room with me at the time and I remember looking at her with tears in my eyes. She was beside herself in shock. “They must have the wrong person,” I thought. You never think that cancer could happen to you, especially not at the age of 24. But it can, to anyone at any age. Cancer doesn’t discriminate.
When we got home, I had to tell my dad, siblings and the rest of my family. They didn’t take it well. Cancer doesn’t just affect you, it affects everyone around you as well.