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BY Victoria Nahas

When my mom was diagnosed with appendix cancer, I was told not to let her see me in pain or cry for her. So I followed that advice. The last thing I wanted to do was make my mom feel like she was a burden, or make her think about something that wasn't already bothering her.  I didn't want to burden her either.

But throughout her appendix cancer treatment, I learned that allowing myself to lean on her was one way I could...