Like My Father, by Maika Elan

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My father is in treatment for his cancer. For many months, he could not get out of bed because of his poor health.

His weight fell over 20kgs in a short time. One day I watched him as he was wearing his own clothes. It surprised me how very small he looked. He looked like a child trying to wear the clothes of adults – like when kids wear the clothes of their parents. I suddenly felt so grown up.

Then I was reminded of the past when my dad used to take me to the park and buy me a lot of stuffed animal toys. He also took many funny photos of me. I think it’s my turn to do something for my father, as he has done for me in the past. We both went back to the same park and played like old days. He had to try very hard to cope even just for a few hours.

I hope these pictures I make will be a big motivation for him. I hope they let him see that he is not as sick as he feels. In my heart, he is always a happy person and full of optimism.

Our little adventure began, like old days.

Photographs & Text: Maika Elan | Website:

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  3. I really loved your story of you and your father and the photographs, I hope you and your father have many more trips together. Good luck and bless you both.regards Neil.

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