i'm new to this group and just looking for some advice/encouragement i suppose. i'm 19 years old (20 on feb. 23rd) and my dad has late stage renal cell carcinoma. it's spread to the lymph nodes by his heart and is inoperable. it's slowly starting to spread into his windpipe and shut it. we haven't really been told how long he has. i'm trying to help my mom take care of him and raise my 13 year old sister who is becoming uncontrollable. my 22 year old brother is still in iraq with the army and will be discharged in a few months. there will be 5 people in this 2 bedroom apartment! i dropped out of school, i barely work due to cut hours, and i have really shaky relationships with friends/the significant other. i'm just so tired and this is such a heavy weight. i'm trying so hard to hang in there but all i want is to be 20 and in school and free. these years of freedom are so limited really, and i'm going to lose both them and my father to cancer. how do people hang in there? how do you stick with it? this has been going on for almost a year now and i've been tough for so long but i'm really starting to lose steam. i guess i just feel really lost and stuck at this point. i'm at my wit's end and any advice is appreciated...i don't know how much more of this i can take.
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