Shining Through Cancer and Fear


Even after surgery and chemotherapy, I make sure to shine through cancer and any fear that stares at me.

image of "hope" in a pair of hands.


Fear it whispers

Ever so persistently

‘Is it now? Are you ready?’

A constant companion

Holding hands with

Long dark nights.

Eyes open, no rest

Birdsong lifts the sun

Fear exits with

Aromas of coffee

“Not today.” I say

My heart shines.

I wrote this poem after surgery and before the start of chemotherapy for stage 1 ovarian cancer. I woke up in the middle of the night with fear sitting on the edge of my bed staring at me. I looked fear straight in the eye, took a breath and told it to ‘piss off.’

This post was written and submitted by Barbara Scott. The article reflects the views of Scott and not of CURE®. This is also not supposed to be intended as medical advice.

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