My mom just got done with her chemotherapy for Breast cancer 2 months ago and is going through radiation now. Luckly radiation doesn't have nearly the side effects that the chemo had on my mom. Seeing someone go from running 10+ miles a day, making breakfast for me, always asking how schoole went, to being sick in bed for a week straight, being in quarantine for the next week, and only have 4-5 "good days" every 3 weeks was incredibly hard for me.
This went on for 6 months and now that its finally over, I've realized that I've grown to love my mom even more than before.
Shit's hard to deal with at times, even unbearable to see the people you love sooooo much be completely shut down by poison that is supposedly "helping". Ironic thing about my mom is that she is what they call hormone negative which means that she doesn't have any of the hormones that they track to see if the chemo is helping your body. So they really don't know if they even killed my mom's breast cancer. The doctor said, "It worked if you don't get cancer and it didn't work if you do."
For anyone going through this I give you mad props. I know that I couldn't handle what I saw my mom go through. And for anyone who has a loved one going through it, just always let them know how much you mean to them. I never realized all of the little things that my mom always did for me until she couldn't for the past 6 months. I'm just lucky that she made it through chemo and is doing well now. Her hair is even starting to grow back so that means the chemo is starting to get out of her system and everything will hopefully return to normal within the next couple months.
Sorry for the rant but I hope it helps in some way.