Breast Cancer An Interchanging Poetry Perspective

Most people either know someone or know of someone who has suffered from Breast Cancer. Within my family, in the Navy, and in my business career, I have known several courageous women diagnosed with this horrific disease. All made the decision to undergo surgical procedures from lymph node dissection to a mastectomy. Thankfully, all are survivors over 5 years; the longest post-surgery is 40 years, which speaks volumes for advances in treatment.

The Scar is a poem about meeting someone, falling in love, marrying, being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and seeing cancer not as an end, but as a new beginning. I write poetry about Breast Cancer from my perspective as a male and my belief most men respond in a like manner. The Long Ride is a reflection of The Scar from a different perspective and Walk With Me is a poem of love and a journey to understanding. Rounding out this series of poems is my personal favorite Love Remains True.

The Scar

When first we met, I marveled at your flawless flesh; nary a wrinkle or blemish did offset.

Until cancer took yourbreast, leaving a scar,obvious as a mountain range upon your onceflawless flesh.

The scar a reminder ofwhat had been and a symbol, not ofan end, but a new beginning oflife again.

The Long Ride

It is not outwardappearance whereby love does surviveit is inner beauty takes love for the long ride

Walk With Me

Walk With Me What started on ourfirst day Will stay to the last

Walk With MeFeel the wind uponyour face No urgency nowA gentle pace

Walk With Me Along the beach With golden sand beneath our feet As the sun dips into the sea Tears well Emotions deep Breathtaking, unableto speak

Walk With Me Among the trees The rustle of leaves The groan of limbs As wind swirls Squirrels scurry forprotection Loving arms hold younear Until an unwelcomepresence passes Away from here

Walk With Me Through valleys lushand green Crested by majesticpeaks Covered with ice and snow A final journey forthe weak A comfort for us below

Walk With Me As we have Your hand in mine Forever through the span of time

Love Remains True

the initial reactionrepulsive depression for theunknown dissection takes awaydisease healing the process oftime the scar a reminder of what was endured becomes insignificant through understanding love remains true

“Cancer Survival Rates” indicate the current 5-year breast cancer survival rate for women is 86{abffe3e1318a9624791ae4064333f2f75374704dc13d09152fd440b16c9e1c0c} and the 10-year survival rate is 76{abffe3e1318a9624791ae4064333f2f75374704dc13d09152fd440b16c9e1c0c}. These rates include women of all ages and at all stages of cancer. To narrow the statistical figures, the survival rate for women whose cancer has not metastasized, that is whose cancer has not moved into the lymph system or the other parts of the body is 96{abffe3e1318a9624791ae4064333f2f75374704dc13d09152fd440b16c9e1c0c}.

Strength provides the component for the will to survive. Belief, for many, is the component providing the strength to prevail and overcome. Research and medicine provide the treatments that allow high survival rates, and hope for the eradication of this horrific disease. The future is in this life.

In This Life

In this life, I do not lie indarkness, I am immersed inlight.