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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.