Six relatives lost to cancer
The first was my Dada (uncle) Sotiris, my dad’s brother, who died when he was 31 years old of colon cancer. He was my dad’s best friend and brother. I was two years old at the time and my only memories are the ones I have on camera.
I also lost Nouna (Godmother) Georgia. She was 29 years old. She hadn’t been feeling well since giving birth to my cousin George, just over a year before. She was eventually diagnosed with Ovarian cancer, but it was too late. Soon after her diagnosis she collapsed and died. She left behind my two cousins, Despina and George.
Next was my auntie Eleni, my dad’s only sister. Some of my most cherished childhood memories are of my aunt. Sadly she was also diagnosed with colon cancer and died when she was 30 years old. My dad had lost two siblings within a decade.
My dad’s parents both died of cancer. My Yiayia (grandmother) Alexandra died 10 years ago of thyroid cancer. My Yiayia was devoted to her family.
I had never seen my Buppou (grandfather) Peter sick before my Yiayia died. But once she left his health began to decline. He didn’t have strength to live without her. He died in January 2010 and is buried with her, reunited once again.