A loving aunt is concerned over her sister’s treatment of her 14-year-old niece, who is undergoing chemotherapy for bone cancer.
The woman witnessed the mum scream and yell at the teen following a treatment because of her school grades – “she told her to stop being lazy and start studying more.”
She is now asking for help online on how she can confront her sister about the pressure she is putting on the sick teenager.
The aunt posted to Reddit asking users for suggestions on how she should handle the situation, after witnessing her sister “screaming about [her daughter’s] grades”.
The incident occurred after the woman picked up her niece from a chemotherapy treatment. While in the car home, the teenager got emotional.
“She started tearing up so I asked her what was wrong. She said she got a B in Math and a C+ in English and mid terms were being sent home. She said that her mom would be mad at her”, the woman wrote.
She comforted her niece and told her she was sure her mum would understand with what she is going through, and that those grades were something to be proud of.
Truly believing this would be the case, the aunt was completely shocked when she dropped the teenager home and her sister immediately lost it.
“She starts screaming about the grades. Saying things like, ‘Do you want to be a failure?’ and ‘Are you even trying'”, she recalled.
The woman confronted her sister after the outburst reminding her that her daughter has cancer and that “she should be happy that her daughter is doing so well with that”.
The mum didn’t take that very well.
“She told me to get out of her house and I realized I had no power or leverage here and left”, she continued. “I tried calling her but she told me to shut up and mind my own business and told me I was being horrible for being so rude to her”.
Following the incident, the aunt is now extremely worried about the pressure her sister is putting on her daughter during her cancer treatment and her lack of support.
The post has received hundreds of comments online, with the majority of people gobsmacked by the mum’s behaviour toward her sick daughter.
“The sister’s diatribe was ‘degrading. That first quote in particular about her being a ‘failure’ would be ridiculously inappropriate even if she was completely healthy”, one person commented.
Another said, “Most kids who have cancer can’t keep up with school at all and often have to repeat certain courses or even the entire year. Chemo is no joke. Adults can’t handle working while doing chemo why should a child be expected to?”.
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