Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What Kind Do You Have? (Poem)

The following poem is one of more than 50 poems in an as-yet unnamed manuscript I wrote to document my experience of my brother's cancer. I have shared a number of the poems with my online support group at Our Cancer. This one I publish for the first time here.


What Kind Do You Have?

brain

skin
bone

liver
lung
colon

breast

bladder thyroid stomach

Hodgkin's non-Hodgkin's Kaposi's leukemia

pancreatic

oral

cervical
ovarian
uterine
vaginal
prostate
testicular

carcinoma sarcoma fluid-borne

common rare detectable inoperable curable treatable hard to find

invasive noninvasive disfiguring malignant benign
advanced contained out of control spreading

NED recurrent

caught in time cured in remission progressive
metastatic life-threatening

stage 1. . . 2 . . . 3 . . . 4

in-between stage late stage end stage over stage

I hold my breath for the day they add:
heart

Copyright 2009 Maureen E. Doallas. All Rights Reserved.




Note:
NED is an acronym meaning No Evidence of Disease.

3 comments:

Glynn said...

This is writing through pain.

M.L. Gallagher said...

Thank you for this poem, Maureen. A very dear friend of mine had a double mastectomy last year. I was visiting her awhile ago at their lake house and she told me how she would walk in the woods and ask God to give her strength. "I don't want to be without breasts," she said. "And I am."

Your poem reminded me of my friend. Beautiful. Courageous. A loving heart.

Hugs

Louise

Ned said...

Shouldn't this be shared on the OC?