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I am at a loss with what is happening to my family in the last four months .Cancer is killing out my family. The first one was my uncle who died from prostate cancer, then another uncle died from what started as esophageal/stomach cancer and even though he spent millions on surgery and chemotherapy he still lost the battle. He thought that he was going to get better except the difficulty he was having swallowing, which he thought was caused by the surgery. He didn’t complain about anything else when I saw him in August not even when he was cutting the came for me in his back yard. I left his house with the feeling that all was well and that I would see my uncle at the July-August at the family reunion . But I was saddened by the news that things got worse and that my uncle was admitted in the hospital. That was a shock and things got worse when my mother called October second that my uncle had passed. I was stricken with grief as I made the trip for his funeral.
During that time in Jamaica I saw my aunt who was diagnosed three months ago with brain cancer, I could see that she was getting sicker. I went back to America with the hope that she would be around for a little while but my hope did not last long because on October 19 my cousin, aunt Florence daughter called to inform me that her mom was dead.
Again we made the trip to Jamaica to attend my aunt’s funeral and to be with family during these tough times.

Then again I went back to America leaving behind my brother whose wife was diagnosed in July with lung cancer. She had portion of her affected lung removed seeing that the violation that were done revealed that that the cancer was not present in her lymph nodes. But I was concern while I was there that she was not herself and I for one was thinking that she was so stressed regarding her cancer diagnoses not for a minute thought that it was the cancer that had spread to her brain.

My brother was distraught because the doctors at Public Hospital told him that they could not do anything for her. We were all at a loss for words and so we prayed for a miracle as we waited for the possibility, and so on December 24, 2012 my sister in law life was taken by cancer. How could this be, she would be the fourth member of my family in four months whose life was cut short by cancer.

From the moment this started happening I have been asking myself what is going on in Jamaica. Where all this cancer is coming from? What is the cause? I really hope that I can find the answer somewhere.

Maria Buchanan

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