Dear Chemotherapy


The day has come for our paths to part.
I say this with little loss of heart.
It is one year ago to the day
That we should come to part our ways.

We did our little romantic dance.
More hate than love as I was entranced.
Now I feel I have paid my dues
And I hope dearly you worked your voodoo.

That the tumor has shrunk inside my head.
That the MRI is correct that has led
My doctor to believe this has been a success.
If you have given me more time I am truly blessed.

As far as chemo goes you were a breeze.
As there was no hair or weight loss from me.
You just took my strength one week a month.
You just took my time with the blood tests during lunch.

Not too much to donate for the cause of life.
Not too much to give for more years of strife.
This struggle I choose to fight
To see my children seek the light.

This has been a long year indeed.
With two surgeries and you inside of me.
I hope that you and I will never meet again.
That our partnership has come to the very end.

So with all of this said.
I want to say thank you for the help.
I want to wish you much luck yourself.
I want you to do your very best
To heal all those who need the rest.

Comments

  • Logocentric

    i’m glad that you are done with these, g. were the pills pictured above in your regimen?

  • thanks mate. yeah the 250mg and the 100mg ones were part of my practice. i forgot to mention the nausea. Still feel it today but by tomorrow I should feel fine.

    Hopefully the magic pills worked.

    It definitely could have been a lot worse.

  • Logocentric

    i got the sense from the video that the pills leave a bad aftertaste. is that the case? and did you ever wake up spinning?

  • no spinning for me. just severe exhaustion like i’ve never experienced before. and yeah the taste was terrible but compared to having an intravenous drip it was a walk in the park. definitely not fun though.

    it really took me about two weeks each month to recover. but yeah it could have been a lot worse for sure.
    we have a family member that takes a drip every week.

  • this is a great poem, i love some of the rhyming in this, it’s so vulnerable and real, and i’m sure there are millions who can relate.

  • Thanks Akbar. I thought it was so so myself. I appreciate it as always. You were the inspiration for writing this as you mentioned the concept to me last week. I must say I felt intimidated to write it at first but then I thought of the many who go through similar treatments and maybe can’t find the words to describe what they went through.

    I hope someone could possibly read this in the future and get something out of it. If not it was a decent break up letter to chemicals I never want to digest again.

    Thank goodness it’s over. Let this new year be better for us all.

  • Liz

    globatron:

    I am glad you liked my video about Temodar (oral chemotherapy). Thank YOU for sharing your chemo break-up story!

    Know what’s weird? You posted this on Feb. 7, and MY last round of Temodar ended on the 6th. Crazy! I have been on the drug for 12 months and I still have another year to go.

    May you have clean MRIs forever more!

    Your friend,
    Liz

  • Liz,

    Thanks for checking it out. I really appreciate it. You know what’s even odder is that the 6th was the last day of my first year of treatment as well. How odd is that?

    Good luck on your next year of treatment. Stay in touch if you wish. I’d love to know how your journey progresses. Your video was very touching to me and I’ve watched it several times throughout the year. Thank you for the inspiration to help me share my own story.

    Really appreciate the kind words. Wishing you clean MRIs too and the strength to prevail. I’ve found the experience has made me stronger in many ways. All we can do is live one day at a time I’ve found. Easy to say, harder to do.

    Peace Liz,
    Byron King
    http://www.byronking.com

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