Foreman, Heidi RN, OCN

Oncology Times:
doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000326181.95959.60
Poetry By Cancer Caregivers

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    For Herb

    I think I saw your heaven today

    I saw it in your eyes

    Another door is opening

    And waiting for you to come inside.

    I saw a kind of peace

    A different kind of light

    I felt a warmth inside

    That tells me it'll be alright.

    I see the sadness

    In your loved one's faces

    It's hard for them to hide

    But I know they'll be accepting

    When the angels become your guide.

    And you'll once again be healthy

    You'll once again be free

    To ride off into the sunset

    On a horse up in the sky.

    And you'll go on living forever

    In the hearts and minds of those

    You touched along the way

    Your smile, your laugh and kindness

    Will never go away.

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    For Barbara

    She came in today

    Just for a shot

    A quick and easy thing, I thought

    I noticed her gait

    Right away

    Something isn't right, I thought

    There's weakness

    And more pain

    I think I have a pinched nerve, she thought

    I put on my brave face

    And said

    We need to get an MRI STAT

    Her 8-year-old waited patiently

    Not aware of the gravity

    Of our thoughts

    This God-damned disease

    Can't take someone

    So young, I thought

    It's already sneaked into

    Her liver and spine

    Like a thief in the night

    Taking bits and pieces

    At a time

    Making us wonder what's next

    All we can do now

    Is pray for a pinched

    Nerve, I thought

    So she left for the ER

    With her son and her mom

    And an anxious yet encouraging smile

    And I left for home

    With tears in my eyes

    Not wanting to face what's to come

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