"I was a bit confused and didn't really comprehend because I was so young," Normani said. "I remember my grandmother mentioned my mom was sick. She was actually the first person who tried to break it down for me, but I didn't fully understand."
"Any time I heard my mom was sick, I thought it was the sickness that I got, like a cold, or my mom's just not feeling well," she continued. "I didn't understand the severity of breast cancer until my mom was getting her head shaved by my dad because her hair was falling out... then we understood what it was. It became real once I saw my mom in a different state."
However, Normani said it was also her mother who "carried us through that time."
"It was amazing to see even her at her lowest point have strength for her family," she recalled. "It carried us through a tough situation, because if she hadn't been strong for us, we probably wouldn't have been able to have been as strong for her."