It’s only fair. After all, we asked you, the reader, to boil your complicated cancer and survivorship experiences down into the very short Japanese poetry form known as haiku. So we figured we should offer up some poetry as well.
Typically in this space you see an editorial written by one member of the Heal team on behalf of all the other people who lend their time and talents to the magazine. But in this issue we’ve brought you a multiplicity of staff voices and viewpoints, telling you — in our own attempts at haiku — how we view our work and our relationship with cancer patients and survivors.
Every one of us at CURE Media Group (which includes the staff of both Heal and CURE magazines) knows it is a privilege to bear witness to the courage and pluck that people exhibit daily in the wake of a cancer diagnosis. Sharing your experience helps light the path for others. And so we humbly offer you our own poetry, along with this observation by American novelist and poet Robert Penn Warren:
The poem is a little myth of man’s capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see — it is, rather, a light by which we may see — and what we see is life.
I crave more knowledge
and write down all that I find
it’s my gift to you.
Lacey Meyer, editorial assistant, on her research role at the magazines
To feel so hopeful
Exposed to the human soul
Darlene Card, circulation assistant, on her daily interactions with readers
Cancer too young. Why?
Seasons pass, dream realized.
A life of meaning — healed.
Kathy LaTour, editor-at-large and 21-year breast cancer survivor
Life is a teacher.
A new trip, a blank palate,
Is colored anew
Debu Tripathy, MD, editor-in-chief
As I sit working
Making pages look pleasing
Helping people heal
Glenn Zamora, graphic designer
never understanding all
giving what I can
Alexandra Hurd, events coordinator, on her work with patients and survivors at CURE forums
Frozen, like an ice cube tray
New life blossoms still
Susan McClure, publisher and 10-year breast cancer survivor
Feelings of fear, sadness, pain
Breathing through the darkest hours
Knowledge gives renewed hope
Teresa Fararro, marketing representative
capture joy, convey caution
Life past cancer — deep.
Karen Patterson, Heal managing editor
Words naked and bare
Strong images stir the soul —
now I understand
Susan Douglass, creative director
Food is good, I write
It restores, rejuvenates
Feeds the soul, yum, yum
Lena Huang, contributing editor, on her role editing food/nutrition features
Your Ad Here
Information needed —
readers make changes
Kristene Richardson, advertising manager
Masters of cancer
Share uplifting words of care
Elizabeth Whittington, CURE assistant managing editor, on reading survivor essays and covering oncology meetings
Tell me your story
Brave and determined are you
The big C beware
Melissa Weber, CURE managing editor