To the Grandparents Who Were Like My Second Parents

To the Grandparents Who Were Like My Second Parents

It's good that you're up there with God, living your best afterlife.

Dear Gram(s) and Gramp(s),

I think about y'all every day. I miss you dearly, but I know you're with me on every journey I embark on. I wish y'all were still here, I would talk your ears off about the opportunities I've been granted, the friends I've made, the grades I have, and my future plans. But, I guess you guys can see it from Heaven. It's just not the same though. I see and hear people talk about their grandparents and going to their grandparents' for the weekend. It especially hurts when I see people treat their grandparents like dirt. It's like, they are so blessed to still have their grandparents in their lives. Some of us can't say that. It's hard. Though you all died a few years ago, people think that we should be "over" that sort of thing and we should "be done" grieving. I never knew grieving had an expiration date. I find myself in a daze sometimes just thinking about how y'all would be dealing and reacting to the world today. It's crazy and unbelievable, I'm sad that you all aren't here but I'm glad y'all don't have to be in this crazy world surrounded by these crazy people. It's good that you're up there with God, living your best afterlife.

I've always imagined y'all coming to my college graduation and me just doing all the things I see other people do with their grandparents. It's hard to hear my parents talk about you guys and about how everything was when they were growing up. It's still hard to cope with because whenever something good happens, there's always that one person that says, "grandma(s)/granddad(s) would be so proud of you".

It's my mission to keep making y'all happy, all four of you. This is why I'm committed to living my best life, not only for my parents but for y'all too because I know y'all had a hand in raising me and I refuse to let y'all's hard work go to waste. Sometimes I struggle, but I know y'all are always holding your hands out for me to follow you through the storm. Y'all are my rainbows. Even though I've been through one of the worst things, when I lost y'all, I know God is going to bring me through and I'll be stronger in the end because of y'all.


Your favorite granddaughter

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An Open Letter To My Legendary Grandparents

Thanks for being legendary.

When people write these "open letters" I feel like they are for the same people, their mom and dad or their siblings. I, for one, have written an open letter to my parents but I feel as if I need to extend my appreciation to my grandparents. They have played such a huge role in my life and I couldn't ask for more.

Dear Grandma & Grandpa,

I know I don't say this as much as I should, but I want you to know how much I love you. Throughout my life, you two have given me endless love and support and I couldn't thank you more for that. No matter what the situation is, I'm so lucky to have such a strong support system. I know that if I ever need something, I know you will both be there for me. Thank you for always going above and beyond for me and my brothers, you don't know how much we appreciate it.

I know I could never do without your advice about anything and everything possible. If I didn't get advice about school, friends, or any issue I may have, I probably wouldn't be where I am today. I also love hearing the stories from when the both of you were growing up, when my mom was growing up, and my early childhood, I always find enjoyment in those.

Some of my best and most favorite memories are the ones shared with the two of you and I can't wait to share the stories with my own family one day. I am forever grateful for the trips to Florida, the trip to London and Paris, my first time going to Disney World, the holidays, the Starbucks drinks, and more. One of the most cherished memories I have of the two of you is from winter break in Florida in 2016 when you took me and Ben for ice cream, grandma and we walked into the house to find Grandpa dancing to "Dancing Queen" by ABBA and then you joined in. I think that video went viral on social media between my friends and mom's friends. That is one of my most cherished and valued memories because it shows how much you both love music and dancing and having fun.

Thank you for always taking pictures and videos or literally everything you see, asking me for iPhone help, for spoiling me (like any grandparent), adding LOTS and LOTS of entertainment into my life, and for being the most epic and legendary grandparents anyone could ever have. (I'm sure all my friends can agree, you know they love you.) I can probably speak for both boys when I say this but, I am extremely lucky to have you both as my grandparents. From every trip, holiday, phone call, and song we've danced to, I'm so thankful for everything you guys have done for me and with me. I can't wait to make more memories with you when we all head back to New Jersey for the summer!! I love you both more than you will ever know. Thank you for being the best!!

Much Love,


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Cancer, You Won't Win This Fight

You're cruel and heartless, but you won't win this time.

Life can be unexpected. It can bring many joyful things and so much happiness, yet it can bring much sorrow and pain.

Right before Christmas, my grandmother was sick, very sick. To the point that she went to the emergency room twice.

One of the times, I had to take her to the hospital at seven in the morning, and that experience was utterly terrifying. To see someone you love so dearly in so much pain and suffering absolutely breaks your heart.

I found out later that day that my grandmother's cancer had returned, and it had spread.

I was angry, distressed and utterly heartbroken. But my grandmother is a fighter and she will keep fighting.

My grandmother is a kind, loving and gentle soul who would do anything for her family and friends.

She has beaten cancer once, and I know in my heart and soul that she can beat it again.

I'm not going to lie — it has been very hard lately; extremely hard. But my family, friends and my grandmother are going to fight this together.

Like I said, she has beaten cancer once, I know she can do it again.

Cancer is cruel; it is a truly evil sickness that has taken many good people's lives. And I pray that someday soon, scientists and doctors will find a cure to end cancer for good.

This way, no other family will have to hear the news that this terrible disease is slowly killing the person that they love.

There are a ton of treatments out there, and chemotherapy is one that can help kill the cancerous cells. But cancer is truly a hard of the hardest battles one can face, and chemotherapy can't cure everything all the time.

Cancer brings out the strength in people; it truly shows how strong of a person you are. It also proves how much support and love can help a person get through a tough time.

Cancer will not win this fight.

To my loving grandmother: keep fighting. You are so strong. You have so many people, including myself, my sisters, my mother, father, aunts and uncles who are also fighting along with you.

You've beaten this once. and I know that you can beat this again. Keep fighting; you have so many people on your side.

I love you so much, and I will see you soon.

Be the warrior that I know you are and keep fighting.

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