November 12, 2010

Forget What They Say

PAD Challenge, Prompt #12: use the phrase "forget what they say"

Background: In 2007, I was diagnosed with a rare disease called Wegener's Granulomatosis. This disease was almost always fatal until as recently as the 1970's, when researchers discovered the benefit of using chemo in addition to prednisone to treat it. Now, by using both pred and chemo, about 90% of people with Wegener's reach remission.

Forget what they say:
you are stronger
than any disease,
more beautiful than
any perfect body.

Forty years ago,
nothing much helped,
your life would have been
ravaged in a matter of
months, not years.

But today,
the wonder of science
has produced a toxic agent
of healing, a drug to
help you live.

Pred and chemo,
a killer combination;
you’ll form a love-hate
relationship with this
deadly drug duet.

Their side effects
will steal your energy,
your appetite and your hair,
leave you weak and tired,
wear you out.

But they will help,
their healing power is
greater than their hurt.
And you will improve.
And you will live.

Forget what they say:
you are stronger.



    Special awards for you. Happy Sunday! xx
    Hope to see you at our potluck tonight.
    Any poem would be acceptable.