Cancer is something we can’t really comprehend unless we or somebody close to us have been diagnosed with it. But it’s impossible not to feel the raw and brutal reality of the disease when you see this heartbreaking photograph of 10-year-old Drake Medinger from Tomball, Texas, suffering from cancer and the effects of chemotherapy.

The picture, which was recently shared on Facebook by his mother Jessica, and later shared by Love What Matters, was accompanied by a lengthy post about the harrowing day-to-day struggles of living with cancer. “This was this morning after carrying Drake to the bathroom,” she wrote about the image. “Yes, he is in a pull up because 75% of the time he can’t control his bathroom habits. This is skin and bones, because I have to beg him to eat ONE green bean for supper, or drink a cup of water throughout the day. This is having your son sleep with you at night because he is afraid of something happening and being alone, and by something I mean dying.”

Drake was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 and appeared to have beat the disease in 2016, but shortly after he began a new fight, this time against testicular cancer. The image has since been shared almost 80k times, and Love What Matters has set up a special mailbox to collect cards and messages of support for Drake. You can also help Drake’s fight against cancer by contributing here.

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A mom from Texas shared this heartbreaking picture of her 10-year-old son Drake suffering from cancer

She accompanied the image with a lengthy post about their harrowing daily struggles with the disease


“He is my smile, my love, my heartbeat,” she wrote

“He is also my tears, my heart ache, my frowns”

“He is my life”

Thousands of people responded to the post with prayers and their own stories of battling cancer