So I have a young cousin, she just turned 21, who I am really not close to or friendly with in anyway.
Most of this stems from her mother (my aunt) who is the biggest bitch on the planet and who has done more bad things to my immediate family and stabbed me in the back more times than I can count.
For the last 5 years or so my general plan has been just to avoid her, and other than the odd wedding or funeral I have managed to do that.
Well, last week it was discovered her daughter (my cousin) has an aggressive form of leukemia.
She is currently a few days into the first of four weeks of 24-hour chemo, her life has exploded along with her mother's (who now sleeps on a cot next her at Dana Farber).
She has to complete 4 weeks of this constant chemo along with additional daily injections into her neck. The prognosis is good - if she survives the chemo.
You try to think that you would never wish this kind of thing on anybody and I imagine the mother's present hell is 10x worse than if she were the one who was sick.
These are not good people in my mind, and this is proof that karma is real good and bad.
But, from the outside she is still just a young girl that could use any extra prayers you all might have.