October is the breast cancer awareness month. Here is my survivor poem written in-between chemo sessions several years ago. The care of my family and friends, and a bit of dark humor helped me deal with the pain/suffering at the time. To all the cancer survivors, may we live long and thrive!
A Chemo Girl
Blurry vision, constipation.
You ask how my body functions?
Neuropathy, mouth sores and hair loss.
Dizzy, fatigued–that’s what I’m feeling.
You say to look at the bright side:
This girl is put on the chemo diet.
Drops down a few dress sizes.
You don’t think I will ever miss it.
But surely I am now a skinny girl
Who can still tread some serious miles.
Wearing my batik turban wrap,
Off on the suburban streets I roll.