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Courage and Dignity

Livesay, Gail

doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000313061.94334.33
Department: Poetry By Cancer Caregivers

The world of poetry is a means of expression and source of comfort for many who care for cancer patients. We welcome submissions from oncologists, oncology nurses, oncology pharmacists, and other cancer caregivers. E-mail only, please, to:, and include your affiliation/title, address, and phone number, along with a photo, if available.

Whose footprints are these?

I watch as Lisa aches

lonely in her pain, though we are near.

She has poison pumped into her veins

to kill the cells in her body,

in hopes of making her well.

Her hair falling out, she says,

“Oh well, I'll wear a cap.”

Walking every day to keep her

strength, though her body is bent.

With a smile, she

tells everyone it's not so bad,

she doesn't want to make them sad.

Writing thank you cards,

when she is tired, for every

gift and kindness shown.

Courage and dignity all her own.

I wish I could take the cancer from

her body and place it in my own.

Lisa is a woman grown, but she is my little girl.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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