POETRY BY CANCER CAREGIVERS: The Windows to My Soul

Burguete-Vincioni, Josephine

Oncology Times:
doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000407959.13106.72
Poetry

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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.

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