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Keep Smiling
Sun Sep 23, 2012 18:49

Last year, in the middle of September, my brother Calel was diagnosed with cancer.
We've never really been well off, and my brother refused to allow himself to be treated.
He said that if he was meant to survive then he would survive on his own.
I can remember how he looked, all pale and sickly, bruising at the slightest bump.
He managed to last, actually, for half a year.
Then one day in March I was coming home from school, I remember walking in the door and going up to his room. He was laying in bed and he wasn't moving.
I panicked and was about to call an ambulance when he opened his eyes and motioned for me to come closer.
He took my hand and pulled me down, kissed my cheek and whispered to me. "Promise me that you'll keep smiling." He had said.
He smiled a bit and closed his eyes, and then he stopped breathing.
I don't...I don't really understand what happened, because he was getting better, but I guess I knew that without the treatment he couldn't survive long.
Our uncle, who we've lived with since we were children, didn't seem to care.
Our younger brother Adam was completely distraught.
He locked himself in his room and wouldn't let anyone inside for days.
It's been a year, now, since Calel was diagnosed. Adam is doing better, and I've turned 18, old enough to move out and take him with me.
My entire life has been in pieces since then. It's been hard, but things are starting to look up. I've found a job and Adam's starting to talk to people again. I miss him terribly, but I honored his promise.
For him, for Adam, for myself, I never once stopped smiling.
And I'm asking you, stranger who is now listening, to do the same.

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