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Burguete-Vincioni, Josephine

doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000407959.13106.72

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Eyes looking to what this diagnosis my hold

Ah, the eyes of my fear about to be told

Eyes twinkling with relief of what the CT could not detect

Ah, the eyes of hope only my God can predict

Eyes drowning in endless tears of pain

Ah, the eyes of my body about to be slain

Eyes opened with clarity and light

Ah, they eyes that cancer has given my life……new sight

JOSEPHINE BURGUETE-VINCIONI, the Hereditary Cancer Assessment Program Clinic Coordinator for the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, writes that she was inspired to write this poem after visiting with a co-worker undergoing breast cancer treatment. She also notes that she took on the role of caregiver for her parents, uncles, and aunts, all of whom had cancer; and along with her sisters, they all saw transformations the disease took on their lives as a whole.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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