Cancer has the power to destroy lives.

The battle with the disease is said to be painful in both a physical and emotional way for the patient, changing a life completely.

Eulalia "Lalie" Soza has battled cancer, not as a patient, but in her own way.

She has been the support for both her son David and her husband Chris, while they fought the disease.

The Sozas, married for 54 years now, went through a crisis when one of their five children was diagnosed with stage-four testicular cancer when he was 29.

"It's hard seeing your child with cancer," Lalie said. "You don't expect them to go through that."

David underwent treatment and surgeries, beating cancer in less than a year.

"The doctors said he went to the right place at the right time," she said. "He noticed a lump and acted right away."

Lalie said her son experienced some of the side effects from the experimental drugs such as his hair not growing back completely and says he still experiences numbness in his knees, toes and fingertips.

David stayed positive during the battle with support from his family and friends, Lalie said.

A battle which she thought was over, returned in 2013 when her husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

Chris, 76, went from shouting at football games to whispering to his wife during his on-going battle.

Lalie said it began with Chris' voice sounding hoarse without pain. She took him to a nose and throat specialist where she was told his vocal chords were not moving.

"It could be cancer," were the words the doctor said.

"The worst part of the testing is the waiting," Lalie said. The trips to Houston tire the Sozas out and make for a difficult time.

"Now, we can just go to Corpus Christi for the treatments. When my son was battling, we had to go all the way to Houston."

Lalie said Chris stopped smoking about 15 years ago and doesn't feel much pain in his throat. He has lost his taste and his appetite is smaller, causing him to loose weight.

Lalie helps him communicate with others and listens to him closely since he can only whisper at this point.

Chris is currently waiting for his third treatment set for this sometime this week.

"It's good to remember that it's not all bad times. There are good times as well," she said.

As a caregiver to both David and Chris, Lalie said it is important for families to be there for the one in need during the battle with cancer.

"Listen to them and make sure that they tell you when something is wrong," she said. "We won't know if something is wrong if they don't tell us."

Support is one of the key ingredients to beating the disease which Lalie commends organizations and events such as Relay for Life.

"I've never been to one but my son is very active and runs marathons supporting the cause," she said. "It's amazing that people support people going through this."

Prayer is at the top of Lalie's list when it comes to fighting cancer.

"I believe in prayer and it helps so much. It gives us the strength to be there and it helps us give them faith," she said. "Prayer is the best gift someone can give during a hard time like this."