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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.

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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

everything

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 

treatment

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

control

I never let go

of them again

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