Cancer is worldwide health epidemic that has only continued to rise. Most Americans know of someone affected some type of cancer — whether among their family or friends. It is estimated that there will be over 1,688,780 new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2017 and over 600,920 people will die due to their cancer. Breast, lung, and non-melanoma skin cancer are among the most common types of cancers diagnosed, with prostate and colorectal cancers not far behind. With over 200 cancers known to date, it can be a scary thought in the back of your mind everytime you schedule a physical.
Although some cancers have obvious symptoms such as rapid and unexplained weight loss, pain, or extreme nausea, other types of cancer can go unnoticed and undiagnosed for years. Cancer of the thyroid gland — the butterfly-shaped gland in the neck responsible for hormone production — is usually not diagnosed until a patient needs to get an MRI or CT scan for another condition. "The nodules themselves are rarely noticeable," stated Michael Tuttle, MD, an endocrinologist with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. A thyroid cancer diagnosis is usually unexpected and devastating to the patient and their loved ones, and one family knows this all too well.
One Teen's Life Was Changed By Her Mother's Diagnosis
A seventeen-year-old teen named Mackenna Newman knows firsthand what it is like to deal with a devastating diagnosis within her own family. Newman's mother Marci was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in October of last year, and the entire family stood by her side through rounds of chemotherapy and treatment. It took an emotional toll on the entire family, especially Newman's father, Jon.
Newman's father has been especially distraught over his wife's cancer diagnosis. Despite his overwhelming sadness, he has never faltered when it comes to going above and beyond for his wife. Newman recently shared a picture of one of her father's tender moments with her mother during treatment, and it is bound to bring a tear to anyone's eye.
Even during treatment, Newman's father will do anything to be close to her mother. Newman snapped this photo of her father waiting outside the bedroom as her mother received radiation treatment. She had to be isolated to prevent infection since her immune system is weakened by her cancer treatments. Nonetheless, her father was quick to set himself up just outside the door to provide his support. The internet is an emotional wreck on Newman's photo, and it has gone viral for all the right reasons!
The Teen Tweeted The Picture And It's Getting Tons Of Attention
Newman posted the touching photo of her father on Twitter with the caption, "my mom has to stay in her room in isolation for her cancer radiation so my dad set up a desk at her door to keep her company and I'm crying." Most of us are also tearing up a bit over her moving post, and it has been shared over 71,000 times on Twitter. Many Twitter users began to tweet encouraging words to Newman, making the situation even more emotional.
"My heart is melting. Tell your mom I'm praying for her & your fam," one person tweeted. Twitter is wishing nothing but the best for Newman and her family, and some Internet-goers shared their own personal experiences with cancer. We aren't crying, you're crying.
Some Twitter users have also had to witness their mothers struggle with cancer. "My mom was just diagnosed with leukemia and my dad has not left her side. She starts chemo on Tuesday," one woman tweeted. It's as if the entire internet is coming together to cheer on the Newman family, and it couldn't be more inspiring.
The Outcry Of Support For Newman's Family Is Massive
Newman's tweeted picture has since been liked over 172,000 times, reaching many who can relate. With almost 1,000 comments it was only a matter of time before some cancer survivors shared their own personal struggles. These comments are enough to get anyone in their feels.
One Twitter User Was Also Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer
Some stepped forward to show Newman she is definitely not alone, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. "I'm a #ThyCa survivor & a nurse. This is the sweetest! Loads of love & luck to your mom," one woman tweeted. Others were quick to send Newman's father much-deserved praise.
Everyone Is Super Impressed With This Man's Dedication
One man admitted that he is currently in the same shoes as Newman's father. "LoveYourDad. He needs U. I know: I am sitting next to my wife as well," the man tweeted. People can't stop talking about how amazing Newman's father is being during the hardest struggle of her mother's life, and the tweets continue to pour in singing his praises.
Newman's Father Is Definitely Doing Something Right
It is extremely difficult to stay strong while someone you love is struggling with their health. Newman's father Jon is definitely doing everything he can and more to keep his wife comfortable. "Stay strong you have an amazing Dad," one person tweeted. Indeed she does.
Newman's mother has nothing but good things to say about her husband. "Jon goes to every doctor's appointment, every blood test, every surgery, every radiation," Newman's mother Marci stated. Newman's father definitely goes the extra mile for his wife, and the internet can hardly handle it. Their 17-year-old daughter is even more taken aback by their love.
This Teen Is Nothing But Grateful For Everyone's Kind Words
"The amount of love I've received is crazy and I didn't expect any of it, but I'm so grateful," Newman stated. This teen's story definitely resonated with a lot of others struggling to stay strong with their health or the health of a loved one. Thankfully, the internet connects us to others who can very much relate.
Never Give Up The Fight, Especially When It Comes To Cancer
Whether you have received a diagnosis personally or someone close to you has struggled with cancer, it's important to keep a strong support system and stay positive. It may be a rough road to recovery, but having those you love cheering you on can help a great deal. You can — and will — overcome any health problems with the help of those who love you most!