A woman who was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer shares a poem about dealing with the obstacles of a health crisis and the struggles of life in general.
I was diagnosed with stage 4 incurable ovarian cancer in November 2015. From day one to now, August 2021, my unwavering strength, toughness and disposition may help those that are not in the same place as me. "Be stronger than the storm" does not apply to just a health crisis, but also as one journeys through life when confronted with obstacles.
STRONGER THAN THE STORM
My heartfelt thanks for what you have given me
Love, support, kindness and care
I have strength and courage that you can see
Even though at times it's hard to bear
No tears, moaning, groaning or "why me"
I have always handled life's blows
With things out of my control, let it be
I took it all in stride, and said, "That's how it goes"
Despite traveling the long and winding road
I can honestly say I am blessed nevertheless
Stay strong, hang tough, go with the flow
Free from burdens that cause some to stress
Be stronger than the storm, this I am
I weather whatever comes my way
Go through and endure the best I can
With each passing and precious day
I am not a pessimist
I am not an optimist
I am a realist
It is what it is
This poem was originally submitted for the CURE® 2021 Poetry Contest.
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