'I Can’t Believe I’m Here' Despite Cancer


A cancer survivor whose mother died from the same disease writes a poem about the emotions she has related to being a 15-year survivor.

In November of 2005 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. My mother had just passed away in June of that year from the same disease. I chose to try to find the 'perks' of my situation. I actually looked forward to my treatments and focused on how pampered I was made to feel. As a 15-year survivor, I’m one of the lucky ones. I can’t believe I’m STILL here!

I Can’t Believe I’m Here

A well-worn, padded reclining chair

I can’t believe I’m here

A cozy, extra soft blanket tucked around my toes

I can’t believe I’m here

A squishy, fresh-smelling pillow behind my head

I can’t believe I’m here

A rolling snack wagon with my favorite cookies

I can’t believe I’m here

A gentle hand helping me up

I can’t believe I’m here

A friendly neighbor sharing her story

I can’t believe I’m here

A turkey sandwich and a cool drink

I can’t believe I’m here

My first chemo treatment


This poem was originally submitted for the CURE® 2021 Poetry Contest.

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