Poetry By Cancer Caregivers
The world of poetry is a means of expression and source of comfort for many people who care for cancer patients. This periodic column spotlights poems written by oncologists, oncology nurses, oncology pharmacists, and other cancer caregivers. We welcome submissions—Please e-mail them to OT@LWW.com
Allison Berman, RN
Twenty years old no cares in the world,
Living each day, no end to occur.
I am bright and beautiful, flying callously through life,
Until the day I'm faced with a fright.
A lump in the breast, growing so fast,
No choice—a mastectomy, no hope, what sense.
Along comes anonymous, silly name, no face,
Nothing matters; she understands my pain.
I confide my problems, fears, and dreams
Any of it possible, not with cancer, you see.
She breathes new life into a girl
Who now realizes there's more to learn.
Twenty years old, all cares in the world;
Living each day, hoping no end will occur.