My cousin was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 2007. Since then I have been in their home helping to raise her two young children. It has been long, and living without income is not always easy. Every so often someone will tell me that I should move on, get a job, make money so that I can be happy… But I am happy. I’ve learned much about impermanence and compassion and I can only hope to pass it on to the children as they continue to grow.