What the 12 Days of Christmas Looks Like for a Cancer Caregiver

A caregiver writes a poem expressing joy over her daughter’s clean scan results after having had breast cancer in her own version of the 12 Days of Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me…

Adrienne still no evidence of disease (NED)

On the second day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me…

A clear MRI and Adrienne still NED

On the third day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me…

One cardiologist, a clear MRI and Adrienne still NED

On the fourth day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me…

No heart impairment, one cardiologist, a clear MRI and Adrienne still NED

On the fifth day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me…

“JUST IN CASE” ULTRASOUNDS

No heart impairment, one cardiologist, a clear MRI and Adrienne maybe NED

On the sixth day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me

A little bit of brain fog

“JUST IN CASE” ULTRASOUNDS

No heart impairment, one cardiologist, a clear MRI and Adrienne maybe NED

On the seventh day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me

Tossing and turning, a little bit of brain fog

“JUST IN CASE” ULTRASOUNDS

One cardiologist, no heart impairment, a clear MRI and Adrienne maybe NED

On the eighth day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me

Rising anxiety, tossing and turning, a little bit of brain fog

“JUST IN CASE” ULTRASOUNDS

No heart impairment, one cardiologist, a clear MRI and Adrienne maybe NED

On the ninth day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me

Hating the waiting, rising anxiety, tossing and turning, a little bit of brain fog

“JUST IN CASE” ULTRASOUNDS

No heart impairment, one cardiologist, a clear MRI and Adrienne maybe NED

On the tenth day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me

Fighting back tears, hating the waiting, rising anxiety, tossing and turning, a little bit of brain fog

“JUST IN CASE” ULTRASOUNDS

No heart impairment, one cardiologist, a clear MRI and Adrienne maybe NED

On the eleventh day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me

Doctor’s appointment, fighting back tears, hating the waiting, rising anxiety, tossing and turning, a little bit of brain fog

“JUST IN CASE” ULTRASOUNDS

No heart impairment, one cardiologist, a clear MRI and Adrienne maybe NED

On the twelfth day of Christmas post-cancer gave to me

NO SIGNS OF CANCER

Tears of relief, glad this one’s over, know more are coming, dreaming and hoping, someone will find it,

THE MAGIC ELIXIR

No more tests

No empty chairs

No broken hearts

And Adrienne forever NED.

Read more: What a Mother of a Cancer Survivor Really Wants for Christmas

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