Millions of people in the United States are battling cancer at this very moment. The chemotherapy treatments that many patients go through are unspeakably difficult, but this is the price they’re willing to pay to get their life back. Anyone who has a family member going through chemotherapy knows how difficult it is to see their loved one go through it and, sometimes, the only thing they can do is provide support while they wait on pins and needles for a positive resolution.

17-year-old Mackenna Newman has had to watch her own mother go through thyroid cancer after she received a diagnosis last October. A photo that Mackenna posted to Twitter showing her family’s struggle has Twitter crying and you should definitely see it for yourself.

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It is estimated that in 2017, that there will be 1,688,780 new cancer diagnoses and 600,920 cancer deaths in the United States.

This staggering statistic puts into perspective the prevalence of cancer. But when we take a look at the individual stories of those battling the disease, we get a better sense of how the disease can bring out the best of the human spirit.

17-year-old Mackenna Newman recently posted a picture to Twitter that gave everyone online a glimpse into the personal struggle of fighting cancer.

Twitter | @mackenna_newman

Mackenna’s mother was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments that oftentimes require being isolated from others.

Patients undergoing chemotherapy are often isolated to reduce the risk of getting an infection from someone in their personal space.

This must be done because cancer patients receiving radiation have weakened immune systems.

This photo of her father waiting outside of her mother’s room during one of these radiation treatments has touched the heart of so many online and the caption Mackenna provided is equally touching…

Twitter | @mackenna_newman

“My mom has to stay in her room in isolation for her cancer radiation so my dad set up a desk at her door to keep her company and I’m crying,” Mackenna wrote in a tweet that has since gone viral.

Twitter | @mackenna_newman

This picture hit me at the core and thousands of people online are reacting to this shot of two people going through the struggle of their lives.

People immediately came to Mackenna and her family’s support.

Twitter | @jaime_marston

Mackenna’s post resonated with those who themselves were experiencing a similar battle with this horrible disease.

Twitter | @MichelePaulsen1

Even someone else with thyroid cancer, like Mackenna’s mother.

Twitter | @carriedenny

Another man going through the same situation also appreciated the image a great deal.

Twitter | @Grasyerba

Mackenna does have an amazing father and Twitter definitely acknowledged this.

Twitter | @DaliaNewYork

In an interview, Mackenna expressed her gratitude for the overwhelming response that the picture of her father garnered.

“The amount of love I’ve received is crazy and I didn’t expect any of it, but I’m so grateful,” she said.

Her mother also said that this is not an isolated act by her father either. “Jon goes to every doctor’s appointment, every blood test, every surgery, every radiation,” said Mackenna’s mother.

It’s pretty clear at this point that Mackenna’s father is making a big difference in both her and her mother’s life.

This is the kind of support that may make the difference in her battle with cancer.

Our hearts go out to Mackenna and her family!

What do you think about Mackenna’s touching photograph?

Facebook | Mackenna Newman
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