Home » Poems » Cancer–I Decide

Cancer–I Decide

This is a poem from the book Trilogy of Cancer–the Jolt, the Journey, the Joy. I put it together during my first bout of breast cancer; I filled it with songs written to familiar tunes; poetry; and things to do. Now I’m in my fourth bout with cancer and it still holds true.


I Decide

I marched in

halfway through

three months of

treatments and

said with authority

“You said Taxol

would be easier.

It isn’t.”

they listened

“Today” my voice

was clear. “Today

I want copies of

everything: blood

pressure, temperature,

blood work numbers


they gave them 

to me

“Today is different”

I told calm doctor

as if he didn’t know

“You tell me if it’s

a ‘go’ for today’s 


but then you need

to sell me again

on why i’m

doing this

give me statistics

name my options

say your best judgment

and then

then I’ll decide

if it’s a ‘go'”

he did that

I decided to

keep going

but on that day

I claimed strength

and power and


I never let go

of them again

For more information about the Trilogy of Cancer: CLICK HERE

Leave a Reply

Daybook of Personal Faith

daybook of personal faith

Daybook of my personal Faith is written for everyday of the year, with chants, songs, mandalas to color, poems, stories, prayers, and reflections.

Mama and Me

Mama and Me

Mama and Me---Our last three years together and beyond is a book about a relationship, built over 50 years and culminating in Mama’s death.

Graces To Sing

Graces To Sing

Graces To Sing to Tunes You Know is filled with familiar tunes with new words to celebrate times with family and friends, good food and thanks.

Trilogy of Cancer

Trilogy of Cancer

Ann's story of her cancer journey...filled with stories, poems, songs. You will laugh, cry....



This is a book that puts each of the 150 psalms in the psalter into a shadorma poetry form. Some of the longer psalms have several shadormas.

Women Songs | Peace Songs

Women Songs | Peace Songs

Woman Songs|Peace Songs is a collection of inspirational and powerful music still speaking to our times. Originally recorded in 1980.

Wisdom of Children

Wisdom of Children

Wisdom of Children is a collection of stories of the Grandchildren in Ann's life, their wisdom and her reflections for God.

Do You Love Me

Do You Love Me

Do You Love Me is a wonderful children's book. A conversation between a Grandmother and Grandson.

© 2010-2024 Ann Freeman Price All Rights Reserved -- Copyright notice by Blog Copyright